Spring Fever College Survival Guide

April 18, 2017
Tori Owens

Alleviate the spring fever by finding creative ways to study.

Use these tips to focus on finishing the semester strong.

Flowers are in full bloom—and so is the spring term. Amid the hustle and bustle of continuing homework assignments, papers to plan, and tests to take, the spring season isn’t slowing down for anyone.

Overcoming end-of-term spring fever

Some college students may find that balancing schoolwork and lists of to-dos with the symptoms of spring fever is no easy task: The outdoors always seem to be calling, and signs of the upcoming summer can distract well-intentioned students from their responsibilities.

Students can, however, find a healthy balance between schoolwork and springtime. It’s all about allowing oneself to enjoy the season while fulfilling other school and work-related tasks, a goal which can be accomplished in many different ways. Check out the college survival guide below for tips on how to make the most of your spring quarter or semester while staying productive.

1. Study in the sun

What better way to multitask during the spring season than to get your tan on while doing homework? Take a break from the library or your dorm room and find an open grassy area on campus to study beneath the sun. Getting enough vitamin D is a surefire way to ward off the spring fever.

2. Take breaks from studying

Alleviate your spring fever by allowing at least 30 minutes each day to go outside and do something you love, whether it’s playing a sport, taking a walk, or exploring different parts of campus. Taking a break is an especially good idea if you find yourself struggling to focus; it’s difficult to force oneself to write or do an assignment, but stepping away from the computer for a bit can be motivating and provide clarity.

3. Make time for spring cleaning

The urge to clean can certainly be a symptom of spring fever. Getting rid of last semester or quarter’s clutter and scrubbing that bathtub you maybe haven’t touched since move-in day can be very refreshing. You’ll feel reenergized and ready to take on the last few months of the school year.

4. Plan a weekend getaway

A one- or two-day getaway could be all you need to conquer spring fever this year. Visit the beach or lake if you’re close, or spend a day in the park. Marking a mini-vacation on your calendar could be the ultimate motivation to get you through the upcoming school weeks.

5. Create an outdoor study group

Bring snacks, iced-tea, a frisbee—whatever you want—and host a spring-themed outdoor study group for you and your classmates. Stay motivated and on-track by choosing a quiet, outdoor location on campus or at a local park. You and the group can also create a simple list of goals to accomplish by the end of the study session.

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Tori Owens Tori Owens is currently a senior at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California, majoring in communication studies with a double minor in journalism and business administration. After graduation this coming May, she is looking to head straight to graduate school and receive her Master's degree in journalism and communications. When she isn't writing (which is hardly ever), she enjoys delving into a good television drama series or scrolling through fashion art and interior design boards on Pinterest. Have a particular idea or topic you’d like Tori’s insights on? Message her on Instagram @tbussss.

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