You have been in school for sixteen or more years and can no longer grasp the concept of being a student, you have the constant urge to skip class, study less and go out more, you’re probably suffering from the common virus that tackles students during their last year of college known as “senioritis.” The end of your undergraduate career is so close, but at the same time so far away. Before you let senioritis get the best of you, read these six tips that will help you overcome this “disease.”
1. No matter what, GO TO CLASS!
While dealing with senioritis, it is even more difficult to get out of bed and make your way to class, but no matter what `the circumstance may be set a personal goal to be in attendance. If it is raining, go to class. If you have to arrive a little late, go to class. If you plan to scroll through Instagram the entire class period, still go to class. You never know when your professor is offering extra credit or test question freebies, so fill out job applications, update your resume, or get ahead in your other classes, but make sure you are in class. You’ll thank me later!
2. Become a mentor.
Although it seems like just yesterday you were a freshman, you probably still remember the stress of trying to decide which classes to take, which organizations to join, and simply how to adjust to being in college. Find a freshman in your major and help them navigate through their transition from high school to college. Being a mentor will not only hold you accountable, but it will also remind of your journey and how far you have come.
3. Keep a planner.
It is important to understand time management especially as a senior in college. Aside from due dates of homework assignments, exams, and projects, senior year also calls for applying to graduate, picking up your cap and gown, and sending out graduation announcements. It is not only important to keep a planner, but to actually utilize it so that you can manage everything from your social life to academics.
4. Reward yourself.
You have finally made it to the end of the road and now it seems as if professors are challenging you to see how bad you really want your degree by giving you endless assignments. In order to ensure you stay sane, be sure to reward yourself while studying. Every time you make it through a whole hour of studying reward yourself by watching an hour of Netflix. Or if you make a good grade on a test, reward yourself with an outfit and go out with friends that weekend. While academic success is necessary, it is also necessary to have an enjoyable life-balance.
5. Visit Career Services.
As a senior, you are closer to your post-graduation plans than ever before and ignoring it is not going to make it disappear. Whether you want to continue your education or instantly start working you should visit your University’s Career Services Center and speak with a career counselor about your plans after graduation. If you have a plan about what is next in your life, this will bring excitement and motivation to help you keep pushing through your senior year. Career services will you enhance your resume, build your portfolio, and help you land that job you really want through interview preparation. Planning ahead will take some stress away from the actual transition.
6. Stay healthy.
With so many obligations during your senior year, staying healthy is crucial. You are getting older and can barely stay up past midnight to study for an exam like you did when you were a freshman and it was nothing to pull an all-nighter. Be sure to get plenty of sleep, eat healthy and exercise, so that you are able to stay mentally healthy in the course of a year that requires a lot out of you.
By taking advantage of these tips, you will instantly be able to overcome “senioritis”. Graduation is around the corner and before you know it, you will be wishing you were back in undergrad. If you are still struggling to find motivation to finish strong, constantly remind yourself why you started and don’t forget the end goal. You never know who is watching you and rooting for you.
Brianna Cheeks is a senior journalism major with a concentration in public relations and a minor in Spanish at Georgia State University. She is a current public relations intern for the Atlanta Dream. After graduation she plans to pursue her master’s degree in Sports Management with hopes of working in public relations for a professional sports team.