end of the school year survival tips for students

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Here at New in Lynchburg, we understand how difficult it can be to survive the end of the school year. You're ready for summer and want to focus on the sun and the beach, not final exams. So, we wanted to provide some tips on how to handle the stressful moments that come up this time of year, that way you can be ready to enjoy your summer to the fullest!


Research Summer Opportunities

If you don’t already have an internship or job for this coming summer, take some time researching opportunities to get new experiences! Whether that means applying for a summer job, planning a trip to a new place or taking some sort of class, there are plenty of ways to learn something new this summer.


Make a List

I don’t know about you, but when I manage to make a list of all the things I need to get done, it feels like a weight is lifted off my shoulders. The end of a school year can be stressful, as there are plenty of last-minute assignments, errands, and plans to take care of. Putting everything down into a clean list can help keep everything in order. It will also prevent you from forgetting something important!


Work Ahead

Once you know what needs to be done before the end of the year, why not get those tasks done right away? Summer is coming fast, and that means finals are coming even faster, so completing those pesky tasks earlier on will mean less worry. (And everyone loves the feeling they get at the end of a fully productive day!)


Don’t give up on your grades!

About half-way through a semester at school a growing laziness and declining motivation to work hard in classes begins to develop, but final exams can be a make-it or break-it situation for a class. You don’t want to see those final grades and regret not taking a few extra hours to study. So take some time to refresh what you’ve been learning in your classes. If it helps, take your textbook outside and study in the sunshine, or get together with friends for a study group – snacks are always welcome!


Stay Healthy!

This is a hard tip to follow for most people, as it is not always easy to stay healthy, especially with the craziness of the end of the semester. BUT, it is so important to remember not to skip meals or stop going outside because of those last huge assignments and tests. If time is an issue, take a couple hours one day and make a huge batch of food that can be frozen, so that you have meals prepared for the whole week! Don’t give in to eating fast food because it’s the quickest option! Even stocking up on bananas provides an easy breakfast. Each person is different, so try to find ways to keep yourself healthy in a way that you like, without giving into the laziness of skipping meals, staying inside all the time or eating only junk food!


Enjoy the sunshine

Even though there might be a lot to get done before the end of the year, the sun and warmth has finally come out, and you don’t want to let the stress keep you from enjoying the sunshine. As mentioned earlier, you can always take your study material outside, or take breaks in between classes and homework to take a walk outside, sit in a hammock, drive with the windows down, or go on a little picnic. There are several options for things to do outside, so make sure to soak up some vitamin D in between your study sessions!


Treasure the little moments

For some of you, it might be your last year of high school or college, and that can be scary moment. You are about to move into a whole new chapter of life, which is exciting, but you also don’t want to let the moments fly by completely! Whether you're sticking around or this is your last year: take some time soaking it all in. Go take pictures of some of your favorite places around school- that might sound cheesy, but one day when you’re feeling nostalgic you’ll be able to pull out a picture of your favorite place to study or sit from your younger years and think back on those memories or you could share about that place with your future spouse or children one day! 


Get quality time with your friends

The last few weeks of school fly by, and it can be easy to get caught up in the rush of it all. All of a sudden, it’s the last week - there are people you might not see for a few months, and you forgot to make plans to say goodbye. Make time to meet up for lunch or a coffee date so you can share your summer plans and make sure you are on good terms with your friends before a long separation. If you will be near each other over the break, take the time to chat about a possible day trip or weekly times to meet up for a meal. As a student, summer times can get lonely with your friends spreading out all over, so finding someone to stay in contact with can help give a sense of familiarity and diminish some of that loneliness.


make a list of all the things you want to do this summer

The end of the school year can be stressful and draining, why not hope and dream for a bit during this season! Make a list of all the things you want to do this summer (even if your budget cannot afford it). Have fun with it and try and knock as many things you can afford off that list when summer hits! 


Hopefully these tips will help you during the closing of the year, and be a reminder that even though it can be a stressful and busy time, there are ways to make it through without going crazy! Don’t forget that the end of the year also means summer is almost here, and there will be plenty of opportunities to have relax and have fun! If you're staying in Lynchburg, VA and don't want to be bored make sure to check out all of our things to do and restaurants in our area.

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