Five Quick Motivational GIFs to Help You Get Through the Rest of the Semester

We’re in the final stretch, folks! That’s right, only a few more weeks until the end of the semester!

If you’re like me, you’ve probably been counting down how many days you have left since October.

Even though the days are few, they can seem longer than ever. Professors are rushing to finish what’s on their syllabus. You have essays to write, more scholarships to apply for, endless amounts of homework…the list goes on.

But worry not! I promise you that you can do it. I’m right there with you. As a first-semester college student, I had no idea what to expect before August. Now that I’m in the middle of things, I’m confident that I can make it, and SO CAN YOU!

So, looking for some motivation? Here are some GIFs that I found that I think TOTALLY sum up the rest of the semester to come, and may just motivate you to finish strong!

You’re so close to the end! Don’t stop now!


You may have moments these next few days where you think an assignment or test is too hard or impossible. But remember, you got this!


After I found this GIF, I really did take a few minutes to watch it and breathe. Taking the time to breathe and ground yourself really helps while working hard. You can make it! Breathe!
Maybe at this point in the semester, you’ve decided that you current major really isn’t for you. Maybe you’re still undecided, and don’t know what you’re looking for. That’s okay! I promise, “There’s a place for you. Maybe you just haven’t found it yet.”
Suddenly, you’re realizing finals are right around the corner. It’s easy to get caught up in the moment, thinking that you’ll never make it through finals, or are scared at the thought of an entire semester being based on one test. Pause. Realize that all this stress, cramming, and note-taking is only temporary. In the future, you’ll look back and be thankful for all the hard work you put into your last few weeks of the semester, and realize that it really wasn’t as bad as you thought at the time!

I hope the cute motivational GIFs I’ve shared really will help you get through the semester (or at least get through the day!). Remember that you are AWESOME, take a deep breath, and know that it’ll all be over sooner than you think.

Thank you for reading! Until next time, I-L-L!



Class of 2021
My major is Instrumental Music Education within the College of Fine and Applied Arts. I'm also part of the Marching Illini! Before moving to Urbana, I lived in Collinsville, Illinois, where we are known for some killer Italian food and the World’s Largest Catsup Bottle.