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Overcoming a Challenging Semester

No matter where you go to college, there is always that possibility that one can happen to you, and if it does, it is important to know how to cope with it.

Here are some tips on how to survive a challenging semester.

1.) Don’t give up.  No matter how bad things may get, it is important to never give up on anything.  Although at times you might feel like a failure, chances are you’re not and it’s just the daily pressures of life bogging you down.

2.) Think happy thoughts.  It sounds corny, but trust me, it does a world of good!

3.) Don’t be afraid to ask for help.  If you need it, take it.  If you find help hard to find, you most likely aren’t looking hard enough.  Most of the time, good help is just right around the corner.

4.) Take time out for yourself.  Your physical and mental well being should come before anything.  If you do not feel well (whether it be physically or mentally), you will find it very difficult to perform well in anything you do.  Take care to eat a balanced diet, engage yourself in daily exercise and be sure to get plenty of sleep.

5.) Refrain from succumbing to harmful escapes.  It is important to not take your problems out on others, or use your problems as an excuse to pick up bad habits such as excessive drinking and/or drug use, picking fights with others, or engaging in criminal activity.  If you feel the need to “escape” from time to time, try going for a walk, watching a good movie or taking a nap.

Remember that if you find yourself having a difficult semester, you are never alone.   Almost every college student gets at least one or two-sometimes even more, and if  or when it happens to you it is important to know how to cope and get through it with success.


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