As midterms have come to an end, I find myself stressing even more. This transition towards the end of the year always gets me; I tend to get exhausted mentally and physically much quicker. Every day goes by in a blur. The changing of the seasons definitely does not help. Don’t get me wrong; I enjoy winter so so much. However, the gloomy skies combined with an earlier sunset and frigid winds dull my emotions, especially when walking to and from class on those god-awful hills.

My classes are going ok – I had a bit of a hiccup, though. Unfortunately, I was struck by a pretty heavy cold. Thanks to my ever-so-reliable immune system, I was out for a week and a half. I had to ride out a five-day fever. What an absolute nightmare. Making up all that work was a royal pain and so incredibly stressful. Luckily, I avoided drowning in all that work, but man, that was so hard. I never want to go through that again, but knowing how much my body hates me, I probably will end up getting sick again.

I’m thankful for the fact that Therapy for Veterans is such a doable course. Having a class that is easily accessible is a genuine blessing. I thank Professor Arena for making this course easy to make up while out. It really does make my life easier.

My friends have been such a great support system as the semester progresses. Anywhere from small vent sessions to homework groups, they’ve been a massive help in pushing through this semester. My mental health would’ve deteriorated at this point, but thanks to them, I’m able to be relatively stable as finals loom over.

Speaking of finals- I’m absolutely dreading them. I tend to do this thing where I psych myself out to the point where I end up doing poorly on my finals, even though I’m perfectly capable of acing them. It’s such an awful habit, and I’m trying to break it. From this point forward, the goal is simply to believe in myself and trust in my abilities. You made it this far, Riddhi; don’t undermine that.

I think everyone can use that reminder. To whoever is reading this, you got this! I believe in you! You are completely capable of finishing this semester and passing your finals. I hope that classes and finals progress smoothly for all of us. The semester is almost over. Hang in there!

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