December 14, 2015
The holiday season can be a time of frenetic activity, and even the most conscientious of students can find themselves feeling a bit scattered as the end of the year closes in. So we asked online students and our academic advising team for some tips on staying focused throughout this time period.
Here’s what our advisors had to say:
Online students at SNHU shared their own solutions to meeting the challenges of the holiday season:
Sergio Martinez stays focused the same way he does every other term, while pursuing his BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Organizational Leadership. “I work on my goals and ignore everything else,” he said.
Valerie Lennon, who is working on her bachelor’s in communication with a concentration in new media, reminds herself that regardless of anything else — holidays included — that she still has deadlines to meet and a GPA to keep up. “If I don’t want those to slip, I’d just better stay buckled down until the holiday break.”
For Francine Lauriano, who’s earning her BA in Creative Writing & English with a concentration in Fiction Writing, it’s just a matter of getting it done. She said, “I have to get it done, simple as that.”
BA in Communications online student Jessica Cox uses a Mac application called Self Control. “It blocks me from all of my favorite websites, Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, etc.,” she said. “You can block yourself for up to 24 hours! Even if you delete the application, you are still blocked. It’s amazing!”
It’s all about maintaining a schedule for Becky Tidberg. “I have a two-hour slot to study and it will stay the same,” she said. “There will still be cookies and movies when my reading is done.” Tidberg is pursuing her MA in English & Creative Writing.
MS in Organizational Leadership online student Bruce Silber tries to balance required work with family time. “I also look ahead at future modules and the syllabus before the holiday season and prepare early, which takes some of the pressure off,” he said.
Finding balance works for Susan Bresnahan-Belloir, who is pursuing her master’s in operations and project management. She said, “Work hard, play, try to eat and sleep well. [That’s what] helps to keep me focused.”
Jerry McCoy is earning his MS in Psychology. He said, “I remind myself that the development of my entire life is better than the current holiday.”
Finding it challenging to stay on track? Remember the words of SNHU Advising and each of these online students: Keep your head down and power through; the sooner your schoolwork is completed, the sooner you can enjoy the delights of the season — and you’ll be that much closer to your degree.
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