Yesterday was the Boston Marathon. I was watching some updates yesterday afternoon and saw that one particular runner I was following had just hit the halfway point. She had run 13.1 miles, and had 13.1 ahead of her. I wondered how she was feeling. She was so close to her goal, but with all the effort she had put out, she probably felt further away than when she started.
We are now just over halfway through the module (or maybe halfway through your accounting program, or your paralegal certification perhaps?). Do you feel like that runner? You’re closer to the end than you are to the beginning, but with four weeks of effort behind you, you’re probably feeling the burn. With midterms behind you, though, it’s time to take a breather and prepare for the inevitable end of module push. What can you do to set yourself up for success?
1) Halfway through means halfway left to go. This is not the time to sprint. Don’t pick up your pace by adding a new volunteer position at your kid’s school or picking up a new part time job. Remember, this is the calm before the storm. It’s best to organize yourself and start working on finals now.
2) Need help? Reach out to your Student Services Coordinator or the Office of Academic Support and Advising well before “needing a little help” become “snowball of uncontrollable academic panic.” Talk to your instructor, get a tutor, and remember: Act now and you have plenty of time!
3) Doing well? Look around. There are students who could use a tutor, or maybe you could start a study group. Think about joining or starting a student-led group. Nothing says “hire me” like leadership experience on your resume.
4) Enjoy the race. Although school is stressful, you signed up for this! Anyone who toes the line at their first marathon will tell you, you don’t just wander into the racing crowd by accident. It’s the same here at Mildred Elley. Take time to enjoy achieving your goal while you're still in the process of working toward it. Be proud, and let that feeling inspire you through the second half of the mod.