Avoiding the Search and Semester Burnout

By: Palak Warikoo

Second semester is often a time for many of us to start to feel burnt out. Whether we are still recovering from the joys of Winter Break or looking desperately towards Spring Break. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed with the slew of applications or finalizing summer plans. Here are some tips to cope with the stress of feeling burnt out.

Apply to internships and jobs opportunities with a purpose. It’s easy to feel stressed and start applying to every opportunity posted, regardless of whether it fits with our interests or skillsets. It’s more important than ever when you reach that point to NOT fall into that trap. First, consider writing down the types of opportunities you want to pursue. Use that list to drive your search with keywords, locations, types of roles, and think about options outside of just internships. Second, before applying, really analyze the position description to ensure it is something you really want to do and would be a good match for. This way, you can maximize your chances for landing an interview. Finally, explore alternative ways you can show knowledge or skills and various ways you can build that. Look at clubs and organizations on campus, think about class projects you’ve already completed, consider micro internships or volunteer work. Employers want to see you have the skills and skills aren’t just built in internships.

Take control back! Actively manage your time instead of letting your time manage you. Think about what would feel most doable and consistent to help you do this. Maybe it’s creating a daily schedule, maybe it’s buying a planner, maybe it’s using color coded post it notes, maybe it’s giving yourself permission to be more unscheduled! Whatever feels right and will help you not only include time for yourself, but also put you back in the driver’s seat. Managing your time effectively, helps to ease the sense of feeling overwhelmed.

Don’t carry the load alone. You aren’t the only person feeling stressed, anxious, overwhelmed, lost, or any other feeling you can name. Seek out support! Hang out with your friends, call your family, take a time out, reach out to professors, or come check in with an advisor. These people have your best interest at heart and sometimes talking it out with them can help you plan for your goals and how you can achieve them. They may also have strategies you haven’t considered, can help you brainstorm back up options, or might just be able to tell you that you’re doing it all right and to keep at it. Whatever the case may be, whatever the help you need, there are people who can provide that, all you have to do is ask!

By Trish Harper
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