10 Ways to Suppress College Senioritis
Winter break is over and college students are back on campus, falling right back into the same rigorous routine. Or are they? It’s usually around this time that students kick up their feet, toss away their daily planners, and say, “I’m over it.” I’ve been there. Jumping back in to classes after a two-month winter break was the last thing on my mind, at least until my professors kindly pointed out that the real world was just months away.
So what’s the secret to curing senioritis? Here are a few suggestions to help get you out of bed and focused on what lies ahead.
1. Get Motivated
You know graduation is right around the corner and you’ll be thrown (yes, thrown) into the next stage of your life. Keeping this in mind should be enough to start getting you mentally prepared for graduate school or the workforce.
2. Stay in Shape
Get rid of that beer gut you’ve been working on all break and hit the gym! It’s very easy to fall into a lazy routine once senioritis kicks in. Working out and eating healthy is important to do at any stage of one’s life, but for college seniors, it will make you feel energized and a lot happier about that pending “real world” doom come graduation.
3. Keep Your Daily Planner
I knew many people who tossed this piece of gold aside way too early in the semester. Big mistake. Imagine someone stealing your phone; How utterly lost you’d feel without it. Just because you don’t want to see that you have an exam next Thursday doesn’t mean you don’t need some kind of reminder of the week ahead.
4. Stay Organized
It’s good to know your priorities at this stage. Maybe you have a little more time for a social life now that the only classes you’re taking are electives. Evaluate your current circumstances. Do you have an on-campus job? Are you currently interning? Map out your priorities and plan accordingly.
5. The Bucket List
When we leave college, we’re supposed to do so as sober, serious adults. So with just months left of college, there’s no better time to break out your bucket list and start crossing things off. Maybe you always wanted to party with your professors, take a picture with the school mascot, or explore that haunted insane asylum that’s been shut down for decades. Now is the time.
6. Visit the Career Center
Don’t sit in your swanky off-campus apartment in denial. The future is inevitable. Your last year can’t be all about paint parties and becoming beer pong champs. There is life after college and visiting the career center will help you prepare for it no matter what lies ahead. Best to bite the bullet and schedule an early visit. Staying on top of job applications and resumes will only make post-grad life easier on you.
Don’t be afraid to try new things. At this point, you already have some idea of what industry you’d like to enter into but don’t let that stop you from delving deeper or taking a class in a random subject.
8. Make Charts
I’ve always been a visual person who has done better when looking at charts and images rather than sitting through straight lectures. If you know you’re that kind of learner, make yourself visuals and lists of things you need to do before graduation. When applying to grad schools and jobs make a chart or spreadsheet and check off finished applications, sent resumes, any responses, etc.
9. Use The Buddy System
If you can’t depend fully on yourself to stay focused, find someone who needs that extra push as well so you can keep each other in check and on track.
10. Reward Yourself
If you’ve been staying focused on classes and work and find yourself itching for a break, then take it. I used the reward system myself multiple times during my last quarter in college, either by sleeping late one day or spending the weekend partying instead of studying. Your senior year is supposed to be your best year, so make sure you’re not too serious. As long as you can find a good balance between work and play, you’ll have no problem adjusting to life post-grad.