October is one of the toughest times of the year for students. Not only are we exhausted from September, but midterms arrive in full force, further depleting our energy reserves. This is where university classes really get going, where the pressure to succeed on those 25-40% midterms rises significantly.
Look around you in SUB, CAB, the library or wherever you happen to be, and you’ll see a lot of people that are “feeling it” right about now. Very few students manage to make it through the October grind without feeling some sort of stress, or in some cases, depression. Try not to assume that just because your friends are highly-involved, constantly energetic or high-achievers that they’re immune to the trials and tribulations of October. A lot of us are very good at concealing the tiredness and stress on the inside.
Over the next weeks, pay close attention to how you’re feeling. Tired? Provide some strict rules for yourself, by guaranteeing that you will be in bed with the lights off by 10 pm. Feeling sluggish? One of the best things that you can do for yourself is to exercise. Even a light 30-minute walk around the beautiful river valley is better than sitting throughout the entire day. Moreover, stock up on bananas, apples, salads and other fruits and veggies, rather than waste money on garbage food at Edo, A&W and so on.
This is a tough time of year, but you’ll make it through. Spend time with your friends and family (if you happen to be from Edmonton), try to sweat each day and get plenty of sleep. Some of the best students that I know have never pulled an all-nighter, simply because they care about their sleep. You can easily do the same.
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