1. I am feeling entirely burnt out. The world feels sucky and sad all the time. I am doing all of my assignments because I don’t want to fail, but it is definitely not my best work. How do I find the motivation to do my work well?
It’s completely normal to feel overwhelmed and disappointed in the world (always, but also especially right now at the end of the term). If it was easy to find the motivation to get our work done, there wouldn’t be so many self help books sold. As you near the end of the term, take a look at all of your major assignments. Sometimes lists are great in these scenarios because they can help us visualize what we have left to do. And who doesn’t love being able to cross something off a list? If you can, estimate how much time each of those assignments is going to take you. Now you can sort of set up the rest of the term based on your assignments (even if it’s just a couple weeks). Start with the projects from courses you love. Sometimes when we work on things we enjoy, it can help rocket us into work that we may not so much enjoy. Maybe even little rewards that you can give yourself after you finish an assignment. I mean, who doesn’t love rewards?! In the end though, give yourself permission to be burnt out. This has been one of the hardest school years that many of us can remember, and as a student, you have had to make tough decisions and sacrifice things. Nothing that a year and a half ago any of us would have imagined. Best of luck with everything!
Dear Dry Texter,
There’s nothing quite like starting to fall for someone and not being sure if they like you back. It’s exciting and yet so scary at the same time. It sounds like this boy may be a man of few words, especially via text, but, since he seems more open when you are in person (that’s good!), I wouldn’t give up your efforts just yet. He may be too shy to initiate anything, and that’s okay. Is he someone you’d want to be friends with if you couldn’t be more? Maybe that’s the question you have to ask yourself. If yes, then what do you have to lose? And, if no, go for it and see what happens! There’s nothing wrong with putting yourself out there and asking him what it is you’d like him to ask you.
Counsel/Advice Dean (CAD)