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While spring break may have been relaxing, the next five weeks are going to be filled with massive amounts of stress and sleepless nights.

The next five weeks will be filled with numerous amounts of group projects, papers and various assignments that are worth a decent amount of points toward your final grade. While it might seem stressful now, the skills you gain from doing those assignments will be beneficial for future classes, as well as future jobs.

One thing you can do to make sure you succeed during these last five weeks is to take steps to keep stress from controlling your life. Find something that you like to do for fun, such as going to the movies or hanging out with friends. Just do that for a little while to help you escape the stress that you might have if you don't want a mental breakdown during the last couple of weeks of this semester.

Personally, I have a lot of upcoming papers and group projects that are going to be due. I need to find that balance between getting my work done and making sure I take enough time for myself to make sure I'm okay and to make sure that I'm not going to be stressed out going into a major exam or a presentation.

While it might seem like relaxing is the last thing on your mind when you're looking at all of your future assignments, it's important to make sure you schedule the time for those activities. If you don't take a break, you're not letting your brain recharge and get the necessary rest it needs. Without that rest, you're more likely to not be at a 100 percent when you go to take an exam or turn in an assignment.

Just remember: while it is important to focus on your academics, it's also important to make sure you take that time for yourself. Make sure you take that time to do things for self-care, if that means taking a nap or taking an extra long shower, do whatever you need to do to keep yourself at 100 percent.

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