How to make it through the last stretch on top of the podium

By Victoria Wolf, 4th year French/Linguistics student

Transitioning from the sunny beach or your warm bed where you spent your reading week back into Stauffer and lecture halls in the thick of midterms can be tough. On top of that, the Olympics are over and Roll Up the Rim is coming to an end.  But to make lemons out of lemonade, I’ve decided to capitalize on that Olympic spirit in order to motivate myself to avoid burn-out and make it through the final stretch of the school year. Drawing inspiration from Olympians, here are five tips to help you make it through the last stretch of the semester on top of the podium:

  1. It’s not about your fall, but your recovery

We saw Patrick Chan fall in his short skate and still take home gold in the Team Event. Having a growth mindset has a significant impact on your performance – don’t dwell on your setbacks, but instead use them as opportunities to improve and learn.

  1. You’re not in this alone—teamwork is key

From hockey teams to figure skating pairs and even entire countries, anywhere you looked at the Olympics, top-notch teamwork was on display. Group studying can help you in your understanding and retention of course concepts. Choose groups that you know you can work with, with minimal distractions, have a good grasp of the information and prepare some questions for your group members before meeting up with them.

  1. Before any big day get a good night’s sleep and set back-up alarms

Remember Red Gerard, the first Olympian to win a medal this year, who nearly overslept and missed his event because he was up late bingeing Brooklyn Nine-Nine (probably the most relatable moment of the Olympics)? We can all learn a lesson from him. Before any big day – midterm, presentation, exam—get a good night’s sleep and make sure you set an alarm.

  1. Lean on your support systems.

There are so many resources you can turn to for help. If you’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed, reach out to SASS (sass.queensu.ca), visit the Peer Support Centre (amspeersupport.com), call your parents or chat with a friend.

  1. Remember to take breaks for you & what you love.

Just like the Olympians who took in the other events and hung out with fellow athletes, remember to recharge and keep your spirits high by rewarding yourself and taking regular breaks to do what you love.

As for Roll Up the Rim, who knows, maybe you’ll come across a winning rim in your coat pocket that you forgot about!