Contributor: Katie Karpinski
Walking through the halls of the College of Business today, I couldn’t help but notice the general fog of fatigue that has settled over the student body. Instead of the usual boisterous murmurs that emerge from the common areas, instead I see the tops of students’ heads as they hunch over various textbooks and PowerPoint slides. It may be the cold weather, or perhaps it’s just the general slump that approaches with the progression of the semester, but whatever it is—it’s really bumming me out!
Listen—I get it. Anyone who has ever been, currently is, or will be a student understands that feeling of just wanting to be “done.” Even now as I enter my professional career, I completely understand that sneaking temptation to just stop whatever you’re doing, turn the monitor off, and take a cat nap. And that feeling is normal—we’re only human after all. But lately I’ve been challenging myself, and now I suppose I’m challenging all of you—to push past that fatigue! There’s a difference between completing and succeeding. I know what you’re probably thinking: Katie, why should I be listening to you? What qualifications do you possibly have to give me advice? Well I may not be a doctor, or even have a master’s degree (yet!), but I can tell you from personal experience that starting a task, or even starting your day, with the intention of succeeding and not just completing changes your mood entirely! Instead of feeling tired and worn down, you feel motivated and driven.
Give it a try! [ and let us know how it goes by posting about your experience on our Facebook page! ]