Survive and Thrive for Spring Semester

Second semester is about to begin at my high school, and as a senior I know it can be hard to get the motivation to keep going for the rest of the year. Whether you’re on block scheduling — starting new classes — or traditional scheduling — trying to power through the same ones you’ve been in since August or September, it can be a hard time. To help you through the spring semester, I have a few tips that will hopefully help.

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If you haven’t been using a planner, start now.

Personally, I fell in love with Lilly Pulitzer’s planner.planner

With the colorful patterns that change each month, the stickers, and all the space to stay organized, I never go to school without my planner.

As humans, we tend to be forgetful sometimes, but a planner is a sure fire way to stay organized, even during the busiest weeks at school.

The Lilly Pulitzer planner I love isn’t the only option.

Another great one is the Erin Condren Life Planner. You can build your own so it has everything you need, or use one of their pre-made ones.

Both of these options can be a little pricey and if you’re not an organizational freak (like me), don’t worry. Even a $5 planner from Walmart or Target will do the trick to keep you organized and (hopefully) a little less stressed.

Try to get to bed at a decent time.

I get it, sometimes staying up until 4 AM is the only way to get the next days ridiculously long assignments done, but when you can, 10 PM is a great bedtime too.

Keep your stress in perspective.

Of all people, I know how stressful high school can be. Between the classes, the extracurriculars, and college, it can get to be a bit much. The thing that’s hard (but important) to keep in mind is that sometimes the things we’re stressing the most about, don’t matter.

Whether it’s the ridiculous idea in our heads that we won’t get into college (you probably will) or that we totally failed a test (so what, there’s other tests and more important things) our stress can blind us.

How can we remedy that?

Put your stress in perspective. I know, it sounds simple, but it usually isn’t.

I’ll give you an example that will hopefully help.

So I’m scrolling through Instagram and suddenly I see yet another college acceptance post.

“Oh no.” I think, “What if I don’t get into college. It’s getting kind of late for this.”

Before you know it, I’m in high stress mode.

First step, pause. The stress just got way too real and I need to get a handle on it before I explode.

Step two, take a deep breath and think about your options. For this scenario those options are to wait and see if I get accepted and if not, follow a plan of action that I created (a great thing to do when trying to put stress in perspective).

Step three, make that action plan. So what if I don’t get into college, there’s options like the one’s highlighted in my last College Convo post.

Last step, try to get yourself doing something else. It sounds like a small thing, but it can do wonders.

Enjoy the time you have left of high school.

It’s so easy to say, “I hate this place and I can’t wait until I’m out of here.”

But once you’re gone, you just might miss it. Even if you don’t isn’t it better to make the most of the present rather than regretting it later?

This is something I know I struggle with. I’m frequently looking to the present, saying, “I can’t wait until…” or “I’ll be happy when…” But that’s not the way to look at things; enjoy the present while it’s in front of you.

For me, and a lot of you, the present is this last, dreadful semester of high school. So please, try to enjoy it. Your future self just might thank you.


Hopefully my advice will be useful to you as you embark upon your last semester for the year or even for all of high school. Is there anything you would like to add? I wanna hear it! Drop a comment (I promise I don’t bite).

XOXO Anna

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