How to Survive the Week After Spring Break

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It happens every year. You get back to school after winter break mid-January, get back in the groove of school, then the beginning March hits and it’s spring break. So you make fun spring break plans with friends and forget about school for a week, only to go back and start the worst week of the school year: Hell Week. Once we get back from spring Break, we only have a month left of school to raise our crashing GPAs, catch up in classes and prepare for finals. But don’t stress. Here are ways to survive Hell Week.

Keep up with your planner

Being on spring break doesn’t mean you can just forget about your planner. Fill your planner out before break starts. Nothing is as stressful as walking into class after break and finding out a project is due because you forgot to write it down. Make sure it is up-to-date and filled out before you go and continue to check it when you are on break. If you don’t want to check it consistently, at least check it the weekend before school starts.

Visit your professors

Once you return back to school, if you are feeling overwhelmed, visit your professors. Having a one-on-one conversation with a professor can help ease stress and give you a better understanding of what needs to be done. Professors will appreciate the initiative you are showing, and you will have peace of mind.

Take time to relax

Don’t get so caught up in Hell Week and the end of the year that you forget to relax. Do a face mask, hit the gym, queue up your favorite movie or play your favorite video game. The week sucks and is a constant reminder of everything you need to do in a crunch, but take time for you and chill.

Start planning for summer

Nothing gets you motivated like the promise of what’s to come! Relish in the fact that school is almost done and you won’t have to worry about classes, homework and your GPA for much longer. To get extra excited, make plans for summer break. They don’t have to be huge, just enough to get you excited.


Emma Moller is a junior majoring in professional writing. She hopes to take her dreams and goals to the big city one day, but for now she can be found sipping on Starbucks, listening to Alternative Rock, and trying to find her aesthetic. Follow her on Twitter, @_emma_moller, and let her know how that aesthetic search is going.

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