Dear Aggie: Drowning in work and daydreaming of waves
Finals are approaching, and I seriously “can’t even” anymore. How am I supposed to keep up?
Sincerely, I Need a Break
Dear I Need a Break,
It is not uncommon for anybody to feel burnout at the end of the year. Everything is due, all the work is overwhelming and the tempting rays of summer beckon alluringly. It feels like the easiest thing to do is check out.
That being said, the best thing to do is to stay as on task as possible.
If the schedule seems packed with things to do, organize in a way that best suits you – planning ahead with planners, using timers and apps to study, writing to-do lists or anything that sorts out your life in a way that best suits you.
Even with that in mind, also remember to take care of yourself. Make sure you eat and sleep regularly, take breaks to avoid any further burnout and do whatever else to maintain your physical and mental health.
The finish line is coming soon, and hitting the wall is a common occurrence. Regardless, push through while taking care of your work and yourself, so you can finish like a champ.
What is there to do this summer?
Sincerely, Looking for an Adventure
Dear Looking for an Adventure,
While some may find summer as a well of endless possibilities, others may seem apprehensive at the thought of too much or too little to do with their time. Regardless, there is always something to do – you just need to find that which suits you.
If your mind is of an academic persuasion, you can take a summer class if money and time allow. Outside of academia, you can occupy your time with online or app-based learning. If all else fails, there are trivia shows that can keep your mind stimulated.
However, if you want to branch out of a learning environment and out of your house, there are numerous things to do within the region. Trips to Wichita Falls, Oklahoma City, Tulsa or other fun cities within driving distance of Lawton can keep you and any friends you bring along occupied.
If you want to keep your travels domestic, the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge offers a number of scenic hiking routes, lakes and natural attractions that will stimulate the senses. In that area, you can also find the small town of Medicine Park that has concerts and other forms of entertainment throughout the season.
If none of these options sound appealing, talk with friends old and new to see if they have plans or suggestions to follow. Maybe they know something completely different that will suit your needs.
For anybody who wants to stay home, the Internet is rife with different entertainment options to keep you busy. Plus, Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime offer numerous options on their streaming video services to keep you glued to a screen, no matter your preferences.
Truly, there are a lot of options. The key is to find the one that suits you just right and can keep you going until your next step in your academic or post-graduate career.
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