This is not an April Fool’s post.
This is a post about how the student in your life might be going through the Semester Doldrums, interspersed with the Semester Terrors.
You see, this is the time of the semester where the end of the semester (where the break is) is too far away and too close all at the same time.
It is an icky, tricky time of the semester.
Your student may be concerned with grades. This is where the terror comes in. The all-consuming will I pass question may be top of mind. All students have that question in their heads, even the ones who are carrying a 95 in the class and there are only 2 assignments and a final left to the end of semester. And they could turn in none of that and STILL pass the class.
Before the end of the semester craziness with tests, and papers, and presentations, oh, my, give your student unconditional support.
They may be acting crazy as they try to fit the rest of the semester into a month and a half. They may be acting depressed. They may be doing none of this at all.
Just know that they are stressed. And let them know that you are there for them.
And remind them, gently, this is for the future. Growing pains have to happen now so that the future might be better.