Staying motivated midsemester


The middle of the semester is fast approaching, and before you know it, the end will be in sight. As tests and projects mount up and stress potentially builds, it’s more important now than ever to stay motivated. Fall off your game now, and it might be even harder to recover down the road. All of us have our own ways of finding motivation to carry ourselves forward in stride:

Cody Benjamin, editor-in-chief: Taking on each day with the energy of a Red Bull-fueled squirrel is just about how I embrace each day. Seriously, though, positivity goes a long way. Let ‘er rip.

Jake Enders, managing editor: When I start feeling overwhelmed, I try to step back and take a deep breath to put things in perspective. If I fail this midterm, will it be the end of the world? Probably not.

Michael Kiwak, copy editor: I’m going on a cross-country road trip starting May 10, and that can’t happen without graduating first. Failure is not an option.

Casey Kelly, news editor: The fact that my parents would make me pay for college if I didn’t do well is what keeps me motivated. The email reminders from  my bank that I have $0.84 in my checking account reinforce that message.

Chris Hayes, Wet Ink editor: It’s time to grab that lunch pail, pull up the bootstraps and get to work. The end may not be in sight yet, but it will be soon. Hard work produces results.

Kyle Kondor, sports editor: Knowing that I can benefit the IUP community by keeping it updated on what’s going on around campus is what makes it easy for me to go to work. Also, Fetty Wap.

Samantha Nicholson, photo editor: Most of my motivation comes from knowing this is my last semester here at IUP. As my college career is coming to an end, I try to stay calm and focus on what I need to get done. To do this, I usually have random dance parties with my roomie and snuggle up to my puppy.

Alex Salyers, graphic designer: Honestly, some days it is so hard to feel motivated. I try to surround myself with constant reminders of what I want from life and what I need to do to get there. Doing what you love really helps. Also, putting on some funky tunes and dancing around while you work never hurts.

Ailey Clark, new media editor: I’m motivated by the fact that if I don’t work hard, I’ll probably end up homeless. And really, I can’t let that happen – I have a cat to provide for.