The gif above perfectly represents the motto that #HU21 will have going into this last stretch of freshman year. This piece is not to give you tips or strategies, but rather to just give you some motivation.

As you return from spring break all rested and relaxed, it’s now time to get back into the swing of things, as you approach the last few weeks of the school year. Freshman year has been full of new experiences and the overall adjustment to college life. Whether your freshman year turned out to be a dream or a complete disaster, know that it’s never too late to end it on the right note.

It can be easy to get lost in the sauce of college. It’s easy to lose yourself sometimes, and it’s hard to admit when things aren’t okay. Despite a few challenges, it’s time to get that pep back in your step and finish strong in both your academics and personal life on campus.

School it can be such a burden sometimes, but you also have to remember it’s the reason why everyone is here. It took four years of hard work and a rigorous application and admittance process to get to Howard University. Apply that same conviction and perseverance to your workload. College work is something to get adjusted to, and it’s easy to fall by the wayside over the course of the semester. Sometimes that energy from the beginning of the semester gets lost and your grades may begin to slip. In order to maintain your momentum, look at that list of goals in your journal or all those uplifting tweets you liked back in January, and bring them to fruition.

March is nearly over, and the entire month of April is left before final exams, so it’s not too late to make adjustments to your habits. It’s to get back in Founder’s Library, the iLab or your dorm’s study lounge, and spend some hours studying and doing homework. Go to office hours, and start taking your classes seriously again.

All it takes to muster up a little more effort and a few more hours a day to change those things you don’t like on your Blackboard account. When you feel better about your academics, you also feel better about the fun you can have as the weather gets warmer.

Of course, college is not only about schoolwork. There are definitely other factors in your college life that affect you everyday and areas that could use improvement. It could be a talent or a creative pursuit that you’ve given up on or forgotten about this semester. It could be a goal for the school year that you are still trying to accomplish. Luckily, you still have time to work on your craft and  network with other people to get these ideas started. This is Howard University –  there’s always time to network; this campus and the surrounding D.C. area  provide tons of opportunities for any side pursuit that you have.

When it comes to you and your health, you may not have the summer body that you idealized but the gym is still open! The organic foods you want are still there and that Nutribullet that is collecting dust in your room is still available to create the diet you want. You can still get on the Metro and visit those museums, restaurants and shops that you’ve been waiting to see. You can still get that piercing you wanted, go to that new club, and talk to the person you’ve been staring at since freshman week. You still have time to chase the things you wanted to accomplish this year.

Listing these things may be easier said than done, but trust in yourself that you have the means and determination to achieve them. If you didn’t think you could achieve these goals, you would have never tried to strive for them. But even if you don’t, there’s a whole summer and three more years ahead of you. Whatever pace you decide to go, so don’t get down on yourself if you don’t see the results you want immediately. The opportunities are endless, and college extends those options. Regardless of how this year has been for you, after reading this article decide that these last weeks will be the best time you’ve had this school year.



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