It’s week six and you know what that means: we’re almost half way there! (If anyone gets that reference then you already know what good music is about).  Halfway means midterms, papers, projects, and assignments are in full gear with no end in stop. It’s not unusual since that’s just how the college life goes but being over Zoom makes the whole process even more confusing.

On campus, I really like to study *outside* of my room whenever, like a library, cool study spot, or literally outside. It keeps my academic brain focused on what I’m doing since I went there specifically to work; no possibility of slacking off, ideally. At home, it’s a completely different story. Here, what would be”dorm room” is also my classroom, where I sleep, where I have “parties” with friends, and sometimes even the dining hall when tings get busy. It’s got my mind jumbled and honestly, it feels like there’s no difference between school and my normal life since they all take place at the same spot. To keep my spirits up and stay focused I’ve started to change up my routine in a few ways.

Try to have carved out time for breaks. It seems pretty simple but having a spot in my calendar that literally says “Lunch” or “Break” gives me some motivation to work harder when I’m actually working and lets me fully relax when that time comes.

Work in different places. My desk is the best place to work but sometimes that gets boring and I lose focus. Now I’m trying to work out in other places in my house just to get some variety into my workflow.

Go outside! I actually counted and one time I stayed inside for 4 days straight (I swear I’m not a vampire). Now I put in my schedule to times to go outside for a walk or bike. That second one is great since one good thing about being back home is that I can finally ride my bike by the lake and be near the waterfront!

These days it’s all about the little things and balancing things is a work in progress, so just remember that we’re all trying our best and little changes can make a whole lot of difference.

Cameron Cole

Cameron Cole

MAJOR: Computer Science/Business Administration YEAR: Class of 2023 HOMETOWN: Chicago, Illinois PRONOUNS: he/him/his INSTA: @cxjcole On campus, I've been involved with USC's chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers, the Alpha Delta chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and I am a coach for Viterbi's ENGR 102: Engineering Freshman Academy.