College senioritis is the worst kind of -itis. Senioritis is a “supposed affliction of students in their final year, characterized by a decline in motivation or performance.” It applies to both high school seniors and college seniors, but I will say it again (from personal experience) college senioritis is the worst kind of laziness. I am a senior right now and I know I feel it creeping so I searched and searched for answers of how to battle this problem. I found answers and I am now sharing it with you all. Here’s a list of how to avoid senioritis (or at least a list of how to suppress it until graduation day).
Maintain healthy habits.
Love your body and take care of yourself mentally and physically. This means you would have to do your best to stay on a fitness routine and have healthy eating habits by eating at prescheduled times throughout the day. If you fall off the healthy wagon, get back on it and try again. It is also very important for you to not beat yourself up if you fall off schedule or routine. You will just cause more stress in the end. Just keep trying, motivate yourself, and persevere until your healthy habits become second nature.
As hard as it seems, you must avoid all-nighters. You may have that senior thesis to finish or those last assignments that could make or break your grades. You might need that extra time to maintain a flawless transcript so that the graduate school that just sent you an acceptance letter does not rescind their offer. Whatever is keeping you up all night, take charge and do whatever you need to to get the rest you need. Get better at time management, spread out assignments more, prioritize… All-nighters are bad for your health and it will take a toll on you and hit you out of no where. All-nighters also contribute to heavy senioritis by making you feel burnt out, lazy, and sleepy. The most extreme consequence comes down to feeling so tired that you lose all motive to attend any classes.
Now is a great time to put your time-management skills to work. Balance your schedule for all aspects of your life and keep it organized so your priorities are in order. Your priorities should be easily identified and labeled in your mind and on your agenda. Organize your time with academics, family/friends, work, and other extracurriculars.
Think about graduation. Don’t falter behind in the final stretch… that’s stupid with two O’s. Self-motivation is key for success in graduate school and for life, so start now!
Visit the career center.
We all dread the question: What’s next? We either dread it, or we can’t wait to tell our family members about where we are going off to grad school or what job we will have after graduation. To avoid dreading the question, prepare for post-grad life by visiting the career center. Address and think about possible career(s), graduate school(s), and other opportunities right away to make life easier. Your senioritis will get a kick in the butt when you get a reality check about how much you have to stay in check.
Sharpen up your skills.
Learn how to interview or how to write a cover letter. Build your resume and ask mentors to give you feedback on it. Attend workshops and learn about jobs openings. These are all skills and actions you need for post-graduation.
All of this is easier said than done. I know that because I feel my case of senioritis creeping in as we speak. Because I admit it, I have to work hard to get over it. I am currently suppressing the urge to throw in the towel, but at the same time I refuse to give up entirely. I need to buckle down and get through these last two and a half months. I believe in you, I believe in us! Let’s nip this senioritis in the butt.