With the spring semester quickly coming to a close, deadlines, projects and reality is imminent. Whether you are looking at the finish line and seeing a cap and gown, a summer job, a study abroad trip, or even more summer classes- we encourage you to push through to that finish line. It is difficult to feel motivated when you have future plans and goals, but if you focus on the “now” it can pay off then! So, here are some goals you can focus on NOW to finish the semester the best you can:
“Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.” ~Oprah Winfrey
Evaluate where you stand in all your classes. This is important. Your GPA is always important but especially as a Pre-law student, every semester matters and how you finish each semester effects it. So know where you stand, where you want your GPA to be, and what grades you have to get in those classes to get there.
“It is not enough to do your best; you must know what to do, and THEN do your best. “~W. Edwards Deming
Write it down! Whenever you are close to the end, making a list of the assignments/tests you have left can be great, especially when you get to cross off what has been done every week- makes you feel one step closer and keeps your eye on the prize!
“"Life is often compared to a marathon, but I think it is more like being a sprinter; long stretches of hard work punctuated by brief moments in which we are given the opportunity to perform at our best." ~ Michael Johnson
One Week at a Time. Once you have made this list, (refer above), it is easy to get overwhelmed with all the things that need to get done, this is where looking at shorter distances/time spans is handy. Look at what you have to do immediately, get that done, and then go to the next task/week. This way you are giving your all to the task in front of you and putting your best effort into it.
“We are what we repeatedly do.” ~Aristotle
Make it a Habit. Doing these things and getting focused will become a habit if you want it to. By doing this, in any obstacle in the future- with school or with work- will be approachable and do-able because you already know how to focus on the tasks at hand and finish strong!
“You can’t pour from an empty cup.”
Take time for you. You can only put forth your best with a happy heart. Take breaks, surround yourself with people that make you laugh and remind you why you are working so hard. Read about law school and the job you want to do in the future, envision yourself doing it. Remind yourself that you are awesome for having these goals and stay healthy (mentally, physically, and emotionally), so that you can put your best foot forward in all you do.
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