By Joel | November 30, 2009
Let’s face it, this is cram week at Canisius! Papers are mostly due at the end of the week, on top of last-minute presentations and projects that were probably assigned in the beginning of the semester. Yet for some reason, we college students only feel the urge to work on them this week. Oooppps… I’m sorry if professors would now know a little bit of our secrets. There are abnormally more people in the library now, more group meetings, more papers printed and the funniest of them all, more serious work-related chatter than the normal goofing around. Sounds familiar? Do I hear a resounding yes!? I’m totally guilty of it! :-)
Behind these simplistic illustrations of this highly intense week, however, is the ability of stress to get to people. The holiday cheer may temporarily be absent from our faces as we try to accomplish an enormous amount of work in so little time. And so especially for this week, I have come up with a personal solution to my ridiculously high stress level. I don’t know if it would work for you but it certainly helps me. Ready? Well, I listen to jumpy feel good self-esteem-boosting music like “World’s Greatest” by R. Kelly. Just don’t mind the artist and focus on the song’s message instead. Every time I listen to it, I feel empowered, energized and encouraged to accomplish the work I yet to finish. And so to share this experience with you, I have posted a YouTube video of this fantastic song.
And as you listen, just dance to the tune and feel the beat move through you. Let the message sink in and feel better, amidst the stress of deadlines looming. Let me be clear here: I am not encouraging narcissism. I am just saying that especially in these times, we should have a positive understanding of ourselves. Don’t let the stress of schoolwork bog you down. Don’t believe in the lie that you cannot finish those papers and projects with flying colors. And don’t ever underestimate your potential to be remarkably productive this week. Time may not be in your hands and there may only be a little bit of it left. But believe in yourself and realize that you are not “under” the school tasks. In fact, you are “over” those and you can get them done in no time. This is not just a simple personal psychological trick but a well-deserved treatment for who the song calls as the “world’s greatest.” Smile, have fun and get things done! :-)