A typical LSU student's daily routine consists of waking up two minutes before class and turning on their computer.
With COVID restricting scheduled breaks in the academic calendar, students are becoming burnt out.
“Burnout is the feeling of not being able to do a single thing more," said Gloria Thomas, CAS director of academic success.
Three LSU students stated what their daily routines consist of along with the concerns they have.
“I wake up every morning and I'm still in my pajamas because I don't have to go to class. I sit there from anywhere between eight to ten hours a day and I don't move unless I go to eat lunch.” LSU freshman Connor Richoux said.
“You wake up and do the same thing every day," first year student Kennedy Smith said. “You wake up and do your work on the computer. You can't even walk to class, so you do your work on the computer and then you eat and go to sleep and do it again.”
“I cannot sit down and stare at a laptop screen for even two seconds," said LSU second year student Aria Pons. "I grab my phone. I start texting people I know. People I don't even know I will text them just to get out of doing homework at this point.”
Without being in a true classroom setting students are easily distracted by normal susceptible outside things.
“Zoom is a wonderful place where your teacher cannot tell what you are doing," Pons said. "I could be on Pinterest, I could be buying clothes, I can be doing homework for other classes and your teacher will never know because they cannot see your computer screen.”
With the majority of classes being online, students have to learn how to make their structured routine.
“The stress of having everything pile up on top of each other plus everything being online makes you want to procrastinate everything even more because it's at your fingertips so you can push it off it's not like you have to go anywhere,” Pons said.
Making lists and following the CAS study cycle may be a beneficial starting off point.
“It's really hard to stay motivated if you are in the house or your dorm room, just signing on to class, one hour can bleed onto the next," Thomas said. "Make sure that you are planning out your day. Get a calendar that has each day of the week labeled by the hour and you can create a schedule for yourself.”
With the absence of fall break students have been stripped of the ability to refocus themselves. However, taking a couple of minutes out of your day may be helpful to re-evaluate what you need.
“Do you need to keep studying? Do you need to walk the lakes? Do you need to call a family member or friend? Having those breaks allows you to kinda digest what's happening and it is better for your learning,” Thomas said.