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Overcoming Senioritis


The struggle is real you guys.  For those of you who don’t know, which is basically everyone reading this, it is my last semester in college!  I will have received my bachelor’s degree before the end of the year and I am so excited!  But with this upcoming victory, I have realized that I am more vulnerable to catching the disease that plagues every high school and college student close to graduating…senioritis.  It is the one thing that can make even the most diligent and hard-working student, fizzle out before making it across the finish line.

But I’m not about fizzling out before I made it and neither should any of you!  There are definitely different ways that one can overcome or even avoid senioritis altogether.  Let me show you what I’ve done:

Don’t skip class

  • The absolute worst thing you can do is to skip class.  Sure you might be thinking, “Well it’s just a review day,” or “attendance isn’t even counted by my professor,” but you are fooling yourself if you think that won’t cause any harm.  If you do it once, it only makes it easier to do it again and again and class time is a lot more valuable than you think and they are more willing to help you outside class if they see that you make an effort to attend their class.  If you absolutely have to skip class for some reason then make sure it is a good one!

Plan out your day with set study and break times

  • Whether you are majoring in Astrophysics or Basket Weaving you should definitely make sure that you plan out your time effectively, so that you have time to study for each class.  Also remember to schedule in 15 to 20 minute breaks to give your brain a rest.  Having absolutely no breaks during study time will wear you down too quickly and make studying not as enjoyable.

Get involved in activities outside of class

  • One thing that really makes college life fun is to get involved and spend time with others every now and then.  Make sure that you do things to get your mind off of the ever approaching graduation day.  So join a club, sport or pick up a hobby.

Have a good sleep cycle and give time for some exercise

  • I know that this is a hard thing to ask college students to do, since we like to sleep 3 to 5 hours a day but try giving yourself more time to sleep more.  This will give you more energy to be able to get out of bed in the mornings to get to your early classes.  Got to stay up all night to finish that essay for class the next day?  Well maybe you shouldn’t have procrastinated…   Also I find it funny that we somehow have enough time to watch 3+ episodes of our favorite show on Netflix while eating tons of junk food but can’t seem to find time to go to the gym or, heaven forbid, even a walk around the block a few times and even doing a couple of pushups while we’re at it.

So there you have some good ideas to get yourself vaccinated against senioritis.  Let’s fight together to stop this viral epidemic!  Thanks for reading!



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