By Abby Ponder
We’re nearing the end of the semester–or, more accurately, we’re barreling towards it at full speed–and it’s at this time of year that the panic sets in. You have a planner in front of you and a to-do list off to the side, but rather than making you feel organized and coherent, it’s just sending those stress levels skyrocketing because there’s so much to do.
It’s even worse as a senior.
I am currently preparing to say my farewells to WKU as graduation looms a few mere yards away. Suddenly, I’m looking at an avalanche of things to do to help prepare for the transition from college student to adult in the real world.
It’s a lot–sometimes overwhelming. And, as a result, it might seem easy to let your papers slide and “come back to them later.”
Sure, it’s easy to do that.
This is your time to shine, my friends: to write that stellar final paper and look at how far you’ve come since that early lit review your freshman year. You know the one I’m talking about–the one with more comma splices and missing apostrophes than you care to admit. Furthermore, don’t you want to end your college experience with a paper you’re proud of, your last hoorah?
And you might be thinking that, sure, that all sounds well and good, but it’s so much easier said than done. And, honestly, I’d agree with you. Sometimes its hard to find that motivation when the senioritis kicks in.
My advice? Look at the bigger picture. Look at that finish line.
The WKU Writing Center Blog has several pieces of advice that will help you on that journey towards knocking your final papers out of the park, too:
- Finding research at the WKU Libraries
- Writing thesis statements
- Incorporating feedback from your professors into your writing
- Starting your paper if you’re still in procrastination mode
- Mastering group project
- Editing your paper
- Taking care of yourself as you write, according to Elle Woods
Above all else, though, have confidence in yourself and your writing.
And for all you folks who are graduating, congratulations! Best of luck as you move forward.