The Mid Semester Slump
The days are getting shorter, the weather is (finally) getting cooler and well, classes are getting harder. If you are anything like me, you are currently falling into what I like to call “the Mid-Semester Slump”.
You probably know the feelings of a normal slump; you do not want to go to class, you definitely do not want to do your homework, you want to nap all the time, and classes just don’t seem that interesting anymore.
It happens to a lot of us, I thought I would finally beat it, since I was in grad school, I am studying things I want to do in my career, so why am I feeling a sense of “eh” when it comes to my classes?
I have a feeling it’s because this is the time of the semester where everything gets weaker. My motivation, my communication skills (seriously, I haven’t talked to anyone today, and I’m oddly okay with that), I fall off my workout schedule, and most importantly, I want those few extra minutes of sleep instead of waking up and starting my day with God.
My professor the other day made a point to talk about why it was so important to start your day with some quiet time with the Lord. He gives you peace, wisdom, confidence and honestly it gives you an energy boost.
Even reading a Psalm, or a chapter of the current book you’re reading will help your mind grow stronger and your relationship with the Lord grow stronger. I know that when the alarm goes off 15 minutes before you want to get up seems like the worst start of your day, but get up. Go get some coffee and ask God to guide your day that will lead you closer to Him. This is also where I like to ask for knowledge for the day; of His word and what I’m studying in school. I feel more confident going into my classes when I know that God rewards those who trust in Him.
I know that homework is piling up and since it’s colder in the mornings, you want to stay curled up in your soft blankets and fuzzy socks but I promise, the hug of God’s word in the morning is my favorite blanket.
When you get to feeling like the midterm slump is taking over, like I have felt today, just remember that 1 Corinthians 15:58 says:
“Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain”.
So next time you want to skip class or not do some homework, just remember the work you are putting in is not going unnoticed. So, find what gets you out of the slump, if it’s trying new food places, or starting to workout, or waking up earlier to get that good ole quiet time in with Jesus, you can beat this slump. And we are all rooting for you.
So go ahead, kick that Mid-Semester Slump in the butt, I know you can.
Kenley Rowe // @kenleyrowe
I am Kenley, a 21-year-old who graduated from college in Virginia in May. I am attending law school in the fall at Liberty University. My favorite things include Jesus, America, and glitter. You can usually find me drinking coffee with a book in my hand. I’m a daughter, a sister and a best friend, but most importantly I’m a follower of Christ and I’m just trying to glorify God in all that I do.