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Finish Strong: 8 Motivational Quotes for School

Need a Boost to Get Through the Final Few Months?

Student Contributor, Mary Bellm

March 20, 2022

Look no further for some inspiration to get you through the last few months and final exams!
Finish Strong: 8 Motivational Quotes for School
Motivation as the last round of final exams, projects, and tests approach might be hard to come by. To finish this semester strong and with confidence, take a look at these inspiring quotes for students to motivate you to reach the finish line!

For Graduating Seniors, to Finish Strong:

1: “You’re off to great places. Today is your day. Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way.” -Dr. Seuss Dr. Seuss is often quoted when graduation comes around — “the places you’ll go” quote is very popular! This alternative Seuss quote also gives some great advice: to finish strong, remember that you are going to do great things and go to great places, whether that’s college, graduate school, or another path. Dr. Seuss is a classic poet who has inspired many—let him inspire you!
2: “Do not go where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” Ralph Waldo Emerson Following a plan when you graduate—or not following one— is the whole point of this quote. You may need a bit of confidence to finish the semester strong if you don’t want to follow a traditional “path.” Emerson is a widely quoted poet who often is used for inspiration by students and adults alike—find more of his quotes floating around on Pinterest or other places! 3: “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” Henry David Thoreau Confidence is the name of the game! If you have confidence in what lies ahead, especially your dreams, the next few months will fly by. Even if you’re a bit unsure about your plans, life goes on.
Thoreau is correct: if you have confidence in what you want to do, success is bound to follow sooner or later! This quote has popped up a few times for me, and I thought that Thoreau’s words would be very beneficial for others, too! Henry David Thoreau, similar to Emerson, often is quoted for his poetry and writings. Find more quotes of his here.

For Those of Us Who Need Some Motivation to Finish the Semester:

4:“Life’s a little bit messy. We all make mistakes.” - Judy Hopps, Disney’s Zootopia I personally remind myself of this quote all the time. I can’t be the perfect student, but that doesn’t mean I have to give up! Judy Hopps, the optimistic detective from one of Disney’s recent movies, never gives up, even when the going gets tough. Take a page from her book — make a few mistakes, get a little messy, and finish these last few months with some piece of mind and with optimism!
“Working hard is important, but there is something that even more: believing in yourself.” - Harry Potter The ever so popular book series and movie franchise of Harry Potter has quite a few inspirational gems hidden under all of the Chosen One narrative. If you need a reminder to take a step back as the final few months approach, here it is. Finishing the semester strong, with self- confidence and prioritizing you, is equally as important as the school work that’s coming your way. Harry Potter as a character has a lot of confidence in himself, so take heart: if he can survive seven years of Hogwarts, you can survive the next few months! 6: “Life is not about how fast you run or how high you climb but how well you bounce.” -Vivian Komari I originally had attributed this quote to Tigger (yes, the one from Winnie the Pooh!) but I found a different attribution in looking up the quote. Regardless of who this quote comes from, the message of the quote is to stay flexible, despite the ups and downs! Reminding yourself of how resilient you are is certain to help you finish the semester strong, so keep this quote in mind as the semester comes to a close.

For The Rest of Us:

If you aren’t graduating, and you don’t need a bit of motivation to finish the semester, here’s a couple of quotes for you anyway! Both of these quotes are a reminder to finish the semester strong, and that summer is just around the corner! 7: “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” - Eleanor Roosevelt Eleanor Roosevelt is an inspiring and strong woman, and this quote is additionally one that I tend to gravitate back to now and again. Whether your dreams involve summer break plans or finalizing things for college, the future that lies ahead of you depends on your belief in those dreams. 8: “Life’s a climb, but the view is great.” - Hannah Montana Last but not least, this quote has to be one of my top ten quotes. Its origin might sound cheesy, but it’s inspirational! It’s another reminder of having great results as the semester comes to a close. The mentality of finishing strong comes in the form of a short and compact quote. One or more of these quotes is bound to inspire you! If you’re feeling inspired—and lucky!—head on over to look for some Fastweb scholarships to finish the semester on a strong and good note.

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