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Surviving Mid-Semester Stress


Read on to learn some helpful methods for not crying your way through mid-terms.


It’s October, which means classes have officially been in session long enough for professors to start assigning mid-terms, papers, and projects galore! If your October has been anything like mine, you’re probably wishing Thanksgiving Break would start tomorrow (or today, or yesterday). While life starts to get crazy in October, I’ve found that there are some great ways to deal with the crazy schedules that get thrown at us in the middle of the semester!

First, it’s important to remember that mid-terms are not the deciding factor in our lives. Yes, we want to get the best grades that we possibly can so we can keep our GPAs all shiny and nice, but we also have to realize that one test will not define us for the rest of our lives. If we mess up on an exam and accidentally forget what an integral, an adverb, or the battle of Ypres is, it’s okay! We’ve still got our bright shining personalities to fall back on, our Moms still love us, AND we have the rest of the semester to improve our grades. It will all be okay.

The next thing to realize is that, while preparing is definitely required, we cannot study alllllllllllll the time! Taking breaks is absolutely necessary. My favorite ways to relax in the middle of study sessions are taking walks outside (when it’s not freezing cold out), having 30-second dance parties, or grabbing coffee with a friend.  It’s nice to remind yourself that there’s more to life than one crazy week of tests!


Finally, breathe. Breathe in, breathe out. Relax. Chances are, if you’ve gone to class and kept up with your homework, you’re going to be fine. Most professors don’t give exams just to make you cry—they want to see what you’ve really learned in the first part of the semester. If you haven’t been the greatest student so far, there’s always time to change that! Getting together with students who know what’s going on in your class can be very helpful, and going forward you can make a point of becoming one of those people who knows what’s up.

Bottom line: YOU WILL SURVIVE. Look around you, and you’ll see students who have taken on midterm week—and whether they succeeded or failed, they are still living and breathing. At the end of the day, we are all going to get through this. So think some positive thoughts! Have a dance party! (It can even be longer than 30 seconds if you want) Go out there and take on Mid-Term Week like the champs that you are!


About Malorie

My name is Malorie Wagner, and I am a junior majoring in English. I believe that everyone here has a story, and I hope to share some of the stories of those that make our university so great with you through my blog. Go ‘Cats!

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