Our interns have been working hard this year, but the semester isn’t over just yet. So we asked each of them how they stay motivated during the last part of the semester. Their answers may surprise you!
The end of the semester is drawing near and I’m starting to feel a little dragged after completing assignment after assignment for my internship and journalism classes, my general studies classes, working at both of my on-campus jobs, and trying to be a social butterfly. It’s hard, I’m not going to lie, but I’m not going to slow down when I’m so close to the end I can practically taste summer vacation. To stay motivated, I’m looking beyond my immediate future. This might sound counterproductive but it’s working wonders for me. I think, if I can get mostly A’s and a couple B’s then my GPA will be right on track to maintain my scholarship. I will have to spend less money on school and more money to pay for an apartment and head out into a life on my own which in the end, will make me a well-rounded, self-sufficient person! In a way, it’s like a dream board, but without actually putting it on a board. It’s all about my mental state. I try to stay positive in hopes that everything will turn out the way I want it to. It’s a little kooky, but hey, whatever works, right? For me, it’s all about the future, I try not to dwell too much on the present because it will pass so soon and before I know it, I’ll be in the future and I had better be prepared for it. I love planning out my life; it keeps me really motivated to perform at 110 percent on whatever I’m working on.
Motivation is a hard thing to quantify because there are so many different layers to it. For example, I’m motivated to further my education and get a degree, or else I wouldn’t be here at all. So, that’s not a problem. The issue comes with day-to-day motivation. Waking up and dragging myself to class every morning can be hard. So, even though I’m here for the big picture, focusing on the little things every day is what helps me stay motivated through all the tests and assignments. I try to have something to look forward to every weekend, even if it’s something small. This helps me get through the week, classes and work. A lot of anticipated movies are coming out on the weekends between now and when the semester ends. I love movies so I’ll probably end up seeing one each weekend. I live for those events and try to lose myself in the moment, surrounded by art, music and diverse people. There are little things I can do during the day too. I try to treat myself with something like a Starbucks drink or make time to tune into my favorite television show. I also like to think about all the possibilities that are coming in the future. I look into events coming up at ASU and check out clubs that sound like fun. I try to get involved in a lot of things that I enjoy so that there’s always something cool to do.
It can be really hard to stay motivated when the summer is so close. The last six weeks after spring break are always the hardest for me. I do not want to slack off when it comes to school, but I also just want to be done already. I wake up some mornings and wonder why I am doing all that I am doing and often wish I can be back in kindergarten with my mom waking me up for school each morning. I know that I can’t do that of course, but it’s wishful thinking. So instead, I think of my future. I think of the career, house and family I wish to have one day. It seems weird to be thinking so far into the future at only 19 years old but it works. I see the light at the end of tunnel and know that with each finished class and semester, I am one step closer to the future I want to have. Naturally I tend to become overworked at times— between school, sorority life and an internship —and I just have to take a break. I tell myself I can watch one Netflix episode and then get back to work. It’s a great way to free my mind to take a break and then I come back more refreshed and ready to keep pushing on. Ultimately, I know that nothing is going to be handed to me in life and that I have to work for what I want to have in the future, and that is the biggest motivation to finish strong and to not give up.