Mid-semester is always stressful whether it be during the fall, spring, or summer. For some reason, it seems as if all the professors got together in a small room and secretly decided to make all large papers due during the same week. This semester I have 3-4 midterms due within two weeks of each other. On top of that, for some stupid reason, I decided to make plans to go away for the next two weekends, when instead I should be working on these papers! Luckily, I’ve known about these plans and papers well in advance, and I’ve been able, somewhat, to prepare myself.
The key to dealing with mid-semester stress is to plan ahead. You get a syllabus in the beginning of the semester, so there should not be any surprises. If you anticipate a crazy week in which you have everything due, try and get some of it done before hand. Take advantage of those wonderful times where you don’t have a ton of work to do. I know it may be hard; when there’s nothing to do, I know I just want to do nothing, however, it will help you in the long run if you prepare ahead of time. Then you won’t freak out during the second week of November or March when you realize that you have three 10+ page papers due.