How To Stay Motivated For The Spring Semester

For many PRowlers, this is their last semester of their undergraduate college career at Temple University. Senioritis may have already kicked in for some, and for others, not quite yet.
All of the students who are not graduating this semester and not yet job hunting, are probably most looking forward to summer vacation; taking a break from school work and internships and most of all, being home enjoying home-cooked meals and sleeping in so late that half the day has passed them by.
With just four months left of the semester, below is a list of different ways to stay motivated and finish strong.
Say no to social media, say yes to the job search
Social media has become a part of many college students’ routines. They wake up, check their email, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat all before they get out of bed and fully open their eyes.
Instead of checking out other people reaching their goals and having the time of their lives (and not being afraid to show it), switch up your social media obsession to a job search obsession. Through job searching, you will become motivated by realizing you are finally ready to take on everything the real world has to offer, and more. 
Reach out to PRSSA and PRowl alumni
There are many advantages to knowing and staying connected to Temple alumni. At the top of that list falls relatable experience. Alumni have been in your shoes before and know exactly what you are going through, whether you are feeling stuck, lost, or unmotivated. Take advantage of the connections you have to learn what these alumni did to overcome that lethargic feeling you have wanted to overcome recently.
Write everything down
College is something that can’t be described by many.  The definition is an “educational institution”; but I think we all know it is so much more than that. It is an indescribable experience, and one that can’t be lived twice (as an undergraduate).
For this reason, it is extremely important to write in a journal of everything you are going through. This could include day-to-day activities, accomplishments, hardships, or just your simple thoughts. Through writing you will learn more about yourself and delve into your own world of discovering your dreams. After each journal entry you should feel more determined to make these dreams into a reality. The hardest part is picking up that pencil and filling up that blank space in front of your face.  
Take a group fitness class
I say “fitness class” instead of “go to the gym” for a reason. A fitness class has a variety of perks. People who go to a class are required to keep up with the instructor and class, whereas people who go to the gym could simply run on the treadmill for 30-60 minutes and call it a day. Fitness groups make you push and surround yourself with motivated individuals wanting and craving to get in shape.
It is important to surround yourself with these types of motivated individuals. There is also a set time for fitness classes so you will have no excuse not to make the class. If it worked for your schedule one week, it could definitely work a second and third week.  Spring group classes will begin January 19. Learn more about group fitness at Temple’s Independence Blue Cross Recreation Center here.
Create a bucket list
Write down everything you want to accomplish before your college career endsand no, I don’t just mean acing all of your exams, or finally having the guts to call that cute guy that gave you his number the other night.  
Choose activities that will make your heart race, make you feel alive and truly make you ask yourself “Why did I ever sign up for this?” It is in these moments where you realize you are truly living. Self-motivation is the only way to cross everything off your bucket list. Accomplishing your list will give you a sense of gratitude and self-satisfaction a feeling no one can give, or take away from you.
So, what are you waiting for? Get up and get moving. It is time to make this semester your best yet.
What are some ways you stay motivated? 
This guest blog post was written by PRowl staff member Amanda White.

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