Grades don’t define you. But it sure does help.
In a world where good grades are yardsticks for better opportunities in school and at work, it’s understandable why a lot of students strive to get straight As— through attending review classes, joining group study sessions, staying up for all-nighters, or all of the above.
However, for students on academic scholarship, or “merit scholars,” the academic stress takes on a higher level. Aside from school responsibilities, these students have to grade requirements to meet so they can keep the scholarship.
Are you a merit scholar? Or maybe you’re thinking of applying for one? Well, here’s a quick rundown of instances when merit scholars face academic stress. This way you’ll be better equipped to deal with it, if it happens to you too. Read on!
1. When the exam season is approaching and they have a difficult subject to catch up on
Contrary to popular belief, scholars have academic struggles, too. That means there are days when they can’t solve the equation on the board or hit the word count on their research paper as with any other student. It’s perfectly normal! Yup, merit scholars are admired for their excellent grades, but they’re just like the rest of us.
Being a scholar doesn’t mean you have all the answers, or that you’re not allowed to make mistakes anymore. When you need help with your studies, get help. Don’t hate, collaborate! *wink wink*
Having a hard time in school? Here are some things you can do:
- Unlock your brainpower. Study smarter and faster with these super study sessions!
- It’s hard to study with an empty stomach. Keep your notes close, and these healthy dorm-approved snacks closer.
2. When they receive the scholarship grant and there’s pressure to live up to standards
Let’s be real. Scholarship applications are not for the faint of heart. It’s tough competition out there! And with a gazillion bright students vying for a scholarship, receiving the grant weighs a heavy burden in itself—whether that’s measuring up to the being a DOST scholar or even just being recognized as a “scholar.”
While being a scholar adds some weight of responsibility on your shoulders, don’t forget to give yourself a pat on the back and have fun with your studies. Being a scholar can be fun, too!
When scholarship duties become overwhelming, here are some things you can do:
- Come up with your own academic vision board. Setting goals and objectives keep you from getting easily overwhelmed.
- Be grateful you got the scholarship. Scientific studies prove gratitude relieves stress!
3. When they’re juggling their studies and extracurricular activities… and can’t choose just one
Aside from the myth that scholars are studying 24/7 (hint: they don’t), some people still seem to think that academic achievers like merit scholars have zero social lives. You know, all work and no play. But is it true?
Most, if not all, scholars are expected to be leaders in and out of the class. This means they’re expected to participate in non-academic activities that’ll help them become a well-rounded student! Scholars may prioritize their studies, but they know how to have fun, too. It all boils down to better time management.
Some of these top students might even surprise you with how they manage to balance their academics, extracurricular activities, and social life in one school week! So yes, you can bet they got it all covered in class and on the dance floor.
Can’t fit tasks in your schedule? Here are some things you can do:
- You can’t buy more time but you can manage it better. Here’s how!
- Efficiency is key. Check out these online productivity classes that are both certified fun and useful to your studies!
4. When everyone expects them to be the best in everything
Here’s the thing: you don’t always have to be the smartest person in the room. And yet, sometimes people put incredibly high standards on scholars and expect them to have it all together—whether it’s a final project or a 5-year career plan. Even before they graduate.
While there’s such a thing as good pressure, this kind of pressure from people almost always put students in a position where studying is more about getting perfect scores than genuinely learning in school. (That shouldn’t be the case though.) You don’t want that, do you?
Bring back the fun in school! Here are some things you can do:
- Keep the pressure out. Surround yourself with the right people who will encourage you to do better.
- Reward yourself after a long week in school. Try these de-stressing activities. As they say: work hard, play harder!
5. When pressure creeps in and they wonder how different their student lives would be if they weren’t scholars
We’re calling it. Scholars are some of the most resilient students you’ll ever meet on campus. That’s why when the going gets tough, and the pressure is too much to handle, it’s understandable that scholars take a step back and wonder if it’s all worth it.
Are the long days and (longer) nights worth it? Is the pressure worth it? Are they willing to do it all over again? And all the scholars say yes!
When the pressure starts to creep in, here are some things you can do:
- Free up space on your phone and download these meditation apps to help you de-stress on the go!
- Speak out motivation every day. Repeat these mantras to yourself for a quick self-esteem boost in school!
Can you relate to any, or all, of the experiences above? Regardless if you’re a merit scholar, or still applying to be one, don’t forget to apply the tips and advice IRL so you can cope better with academic stress. You got this!
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