To all the students out there who are eager to end the year and need some motivation to get through just a few more days

If you’re a high schooler, middle schooler, or even an elementary student attending a school in Santa Clarita, school is ending in just a few days!!! You might’ve started writing a list of all the fun activities to do and exciting places you want to visit over summer break… eagerly waiting for the day when you can just kick back your shoes, relax, and just get your mind off of school, homework, or stress with a much-needed break 🙂 However, there’s just one, quick problem: you’re not exactly there yet…you’re ALMOST there, but not quite yet. 

Well, if you’re here, fighting to stay awake and maintain your motivation to last for a few more school days, I’m coming to the rescue!! I’m also a student, and it can be hard sometimes to stay positive, optimistic, and stress-free during these last few days of school, but this is why I wanted to provide you with some motivational quotes and advice to keep your head in the game until the VERY last day of school!

First things first, I’d like to invite you to take a deep breath in, then out. Inhale deeply, breathe in the fresh air, and feel your stomach slowly expand. Then slowly release and feel your stomach slowly contract. Maybe turn on some calm, relaxing music to help you as you meditate and try some therapeutic activities that help you de-stress. Personally, I love cleaning and tidying up my room a bit, working out, chilling to some music while writing in calligraphy, taking a refreshing walk outside, or even playing an instrument like the piano or guitar! However, you know yourself the best, so do what makes you unwind the most effectively – it could be playing a sport or a game with friends and family, watching a movie, or eating some delicious food!

Once you’ve relaxed your mind a bit, and the millions of thoughts running through your head at 100 miles per hour have suddenly ceased or slowed down, I want to encourage you to take out a piece of paper and a pencil or a marker. If you prefer typing over writing, you can also choose to take out your phone or computer, but writing may be a better option, especially after a long day of back-to-back Zoom meetings 🙂 Now, I want you to close your eyes for a brief time, maybe for a few seconds, and think of THREE things you are grateful for in this moment. As you reflect on this past day, this past week, month, or even year, don’t think of what could or should have happened. Instead, think of certain circumstances or people that you’re genuinely grateful for. 

Feel what it felt like to be in that moment, to feel that emotion of exhilaration, ecstasy, and happiness. Feel the joy you felt when that special someone gave you a compliment, when you won a competition that you worked super hard on, or that one time your friend made a silly joke that was so bad you just couldn’t help but laugh. Now, still feeling that emotion of gratefulness in your heart, slowly open your eyes and write it down on the piece of paper.

At this point, you might notice that not only is your mind now clear, but you also genuinely feel more happy and grateful for the ability to take another breath in and experience another amazing moment. But, there’s still one thing to do. After all, you feel so grateful for what others have done for you that you feel this desire to make someone else’s day – or to at least encourage them if their day is already made 🙂 It can be a simple text message, note, or email. However, if you’re feeling extra adventurous and are up for doing something outside of your normal routine, make a card! Who says you can’t appreciate your mom, dad, sisters, or friends even when it’s not a national holiday? Trust me, it will not only bring a smile on their face, but also on YOUR face! You should pat yourself on the back because you just made someone happier! Even if you made them just 1%, 2%, or 3% happier, I bet they’ll look back on it one day and appreciate you beyond words. Regardless of your age or life circumstances, we all need some encouragement at one point or another.

Finally, I want to end off with some motivational quotes. Sure, I did find them from the Internet, but all of them are SO TRUE and definitely encouraged me as well! I know that things may be super hectic right now, and life can get pretty tiring at times, but always remember to take some time off to focus on yourself! Don’t get too hard or perfectionistic of what you do. Know that your best is more than enough. Keep working hard, never give up, and continue to prove how awesome and unique you are to everyone around you. 


  1. Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle. -Christian D. Larson
  2. Success is not final; failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts -Winston S. Churchill
  3. Be yourself – everyone else is already taken. -Oscar Wilde
  4. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. -Christopher Robin
  5. Hard work always pays off, whatever you do. -Dustin Lynch


Don’t hinder yourself by encouraging your negative self-beliefs or doubts. CHOOSE to believe in something greater. Believe in your potential, which is unimaginably great and powerful, whether you believe it or not. If you ever need more motivation, remind yourself of your role models – it can be a celebrity, a family member, or a friend. Hold in your mind the RUSH of emotions you’ll feel once you accomplish your goal, or in this case, once you get through the year with amazing grades and irreplaceable memories! From a fellow student to YOU, FIGHTING!!! (or “good luck”!!!) :))

By ~ Joni

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