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Student Blogs: How I stay motivated on my university degree

There are a number of reasons why some people lose motivation at some point during their degree. Many feel overwhelmed by the amount of work they need to do in such a short time, while others may not receive the support and guidance they need to help them progress, or may doubt their choice of subject.

“What’s your why? When you know why you do what you do, even the toughest days become easier.”

Staying motivated at university is not always easy, but choosing the easier option — to procrastinate — will not help you move forward. Talking from experience, it is easy to feel discouraged when you have so much going on, but you have to keep reminding yourself: WHY?

  • Why did I choose this degree?

  • Why did I choose to go university?

  • Why am I feeling demotivated?

Sometimes, you have to take time out to connect with yourself again. University can easily become draining but never forget why you started; having an inspiring 'why' helps you to move forward and persevere through the difficult time.

“The triumph of anything is a matter of organisation”

As a third-year student, I have felt overwhelmed but what helped me to remain positive was getting myself organised and sticking to a realistic routine that would help me to balance my university responsibilities with my personal life. I bought a calendar and a to-do list board, which has been so useful. This is because you are able to plan your week effectively, and even if you do not complete everything on your to-do list in one day, the fact that you've written it somewhere is a visual reminder, and you are more likely to get things done.

Furthermore, having your assignments and timetable stuck on your wall can help you keep on top of your deadlines, there are no nasty suprises, and you can tick things off when you have completed them. It also helps you to remember what you have completed. As boring as this sounds, it will help your state of mind to be more positive and remain calm as you are constantly tuning in with yourself to stay focused.

“Stop focusing on how stressed you are, and remember how blessed you are”

One thing I learnt in my second year was to just enjoy what I am doing and not put too much pressure on myself to achieve everything in one go. Take things step by step by setting realistic goals for yourself. If you aren't positive, it will reflect on everything you do. Nothing worth having comes easy; regardless of the situation, turn it into fuel and produce your best effort. The best work comes from passion, blood, sweat and tears! No hard work is in vain — it will be rewarded in the end, so keep focused on the bigger picture.

For those who struggle to overcome a lack of motivation on their own, why not speak to your personal tutor? They may be able to offer valuable advice or signpost you to any classes offered by your university to help improve your study skills. Speaking to your friends can also be very helpful; they may be going through the same struggles too. You can be each other's support system and conquer your degree together!

Tracy is in her third year at the University for the Creative Arts, studying Acting and Performance. She also writes her a blog on WordPress “sheisclothedx” about lifestyle, female empowerment, self-growth and knowing your worth.

Note: 'Student Blog' pieces highlight the student perspective on issues relating to ProtectED. Consequently, this article reflects the views of the author and not ProtectED.

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