What To Do Now That Midterms Are Over
Midterms are officially over, and now the home stretch begins! This is the most stressful part of the semester. Final projects start, intense work is required, and all your final stuff is due at the same time. (Isn’t that always how it goes?) Your classmates are either getting stressed, completely past the point of caring, or somehow both.
Still, it’s not all bad. Classes are halfway done, which means you’ve completed half the course! At this point, you may or may not know a few of your classmates, but this is the perfect time to make friends. There are plenty of ways to deal with the aftermath.
Explore Campus Clubs
You could pop in and see what all the fuss is about clubs. Each campus has its fair share of clubs, both school-wide and for special interests. Exploring these clubs is a great way to spend some time de-stressing and engaging with something you’re interested in!
For instance, you could check out Clearwater’s Tabletop Gaming Club to enjoy games with like-minded people. Seminole has a fishing club that travels and hangs out, having a great time catching fish. In Tarpon Springs, Silent Titans is alive and well! Their club focuses on experiencing deaf culture and allowing students to learn and brush up on American Sign Language (ASL) to help communicate with others. The GLOW (Gay, Lesbian, Or Whatever) club at St. Pete/Gibbs is for LGBT, questioning, or whatever students! These are only a few—check with your campus’s Student Life & Leadership Office to see what clubs they might have available!
Find Off-Campus Activities
This is also the time for post-midterm celebrations. Take a drive to Sarasota for the mall or the Ben and Jerry’s shop. Run over to Disney Springs for a day. Better yet, hop over to Disney itself! The mermaids at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park put on a nice show for a day trip.
If you like the outdoors, check out renting a kayak, Jet Ski, or wave runner down at the beach. Most of these things you can do in a day or even an afternoon! It’s great for those who still have jobs but want a little R&R. If transportation is an issue with any of these day trips, students are still able (and welcome) to relax on campus, especially between classes!
Visit Your Advisor
If you’re trying to plan ahead, this is the best time to check in with your advisor. If you’re not sure who that is, there are a few ways to find out. You can go to Advising and ask them to look it up on your home campus, should you happen to be there. If you’re not, you can also go to MySPC and your advisor is on your front page!
You can call, email, or come in to see them. Ideally, working face-to-face allows your advisor to know who you are. Personal relationships can lead to great opportunities. Your advisor can help you get an idea of where to go for the next semester. They can look at your current progress as well and see what might be best for you to take depending on what you want in the long term. It’s an invaluable thing. Advising can also help you with career ideas, internship ideas (should you need/want), and financial aid check-ins and advice. Going now, in the middle of the semester, can get you a head start on where to go next.
Get Ready to Buckle Down
You’re halfway through! You’ve gotten the first half of your classes done and over with. You’ve struggled up the mountain. This isn’t to say the next half of the semester will be easy—in fact, coming down a mountain can be much harder than climbing up. This is, also, only a halfway point. However, this is the time to really buckle down on the work you’re doing.
If you have a cumulative final, this could be a good time to set up something like Quizlet if you haven’t already. Should it not be cumulative, focus on your last half final. If your final is a project, start early! Procrastination helps no one and the stress it causes can be far from great.
These are only a few suggestions for what to do about your post-midterm life. The way everyone’s lives and schedules are can be totally different and so these tips may or may not work for each of you. However, if you’ve made it this far, you can make it through the rest. With work, school, and any other responsibilities, it can seem like an overwhelming time, but remember that you have a whole team of people behind you—advisors, friends, tutors, and more—who all want to see you succeed. You’ve got this!
And to those of you taking express classes, I’m so sorry.