For those students about to graduate college within the next year, there is a condition more contagious and pervasive than the swine flu going around: senioritis. Making the virus even more dangerous is the fact that, unlike swine flu, there is no preventative vaccine available. Symptoms are as follows:
- Diminished desire to attend classes, especially ones starting before natural waking hours.
- Plummeting grades and missed assignments.
- Increased time spent doing anything NOT related to school.
Although you haven’t crossed the finish line yet, its been a long race; you’re tired and just want to go out and enjoy your last semesters of college life before you have to hit the real world. Unfortunately for you, the only cure for senioritis is graduation. Until then, here are a few coping strategies to get you through:
- Manage your time wisely. That means as much as you want to spend all night Facebook stalking people you really need to buckle down and hit the books.
- Know where you are at. The last thing you want right before graduation is to find out that you have failed one of your last classes and are going to have to retake it. Knowing where you stand in each class should provide a little guidance on where to apply what little energy you have for doing school work.
- Get out of the house. When its time to study, sometimes the best way to get it done is to get out of the house. You can’t study with cabin fever. Go to the library or somewhere that has Wi-Fi (free tip: the Denny’s on Eastern Parkway has Wi-Fi and pancakes!) and crack open that book.
- Do the little things first. Accomplishing any task, no matter how small can be motivating, use that motivation to tackle the bigger assignments that are looming.
- Keep your goal in mind. You want to graduate, you knew that 4 years ago when you started college and your parents remind you every time they get a tuition bill. Now that time is right around the corner so you have to keep reminding yourself that time well spent now will guarantee that you won’t have to go through all this again due to failed classes.
The bottom line is this: you’re almost done. As much as you want to take a break and sit on the sidelines for a minute, now is not the time. Wherever you have to find the motivation, now is time to do it and get it over with. Good luck!