A few weeks ago I talked about how senior year is just stressing me out. With that, senioritis is building up and there are days when I sit in class and mentally check out. It’s hard to focus on school but I’m also avoiding thinking what I was going to do for the rest of my life.
1. Schedule Everything and Have a Day Set Off to do Homework
I mean it, even the smallest thing, just do it. Having it visually down will impulse you to do it. If checklists work for you, do that. This just helps you plan our your day and make sure nothing slips through the cracks. Also, if you have a free day during the week, schedule that as your homework/catching up day. I do this on Fridays and this is usually when I start papers that are due soon and work on assignments. This also helps to keep you ahead and gives you a bit more free time between other classes during the week, instead of doing things almost every day.
2. Keep Yourself Busy, But Not Too Busy
Keep up a constant schedule. Usually senior year means less classes, but at least try out one new class or pick up another internship, otherwise you will have too much free time watching Netflix and therefore have no energy to do anything else. At the same time, don’t overload yourself. Make sure you have a good balance on everything. Being overworked will do nothing for you but just lounging around will be just as damaging.
3. Hang Out with Other Motivated Seniors
We love our friends and we need our friends, but sometimes they will get just as lazy as us. Find people who are really focused and stick with them because they’ll keep you motivated too. Thankfully I have a couple of friends who are still trying to get good grades and are pushing through and it makes it easier to plan out assignments and have someone to vent about the hard book we are reading. They will keep you focused and will come in handy when study groups are forming.
4. Start Looking for Jobs Now
If finding a job after graduation is getting you down, make sure to start looking at potential jobs now. Even if you don’t find yourself applying to any, this will help you see what kinds of jobs are currently available and give you an idea of where you want to go. Plus, maybe you’ll find a great internship and that can lead to good things!
5. Mentor Someone Younger
Remember your freshman year when you didn’t know you had to buy a scantron for your exams? Didn’t we wish someone would tell us all the ins and outs without it being embarrassing? Find a freshman or sophomore and give them your best college advice! They will usually be happy to have someone telling them who is a good professor or not and have someone to talk to when things get rough. This way you will have a new friend and feel like you’re making a difference in someone’s life.
6. Take a Sabbatical
Although this seems completely the opposite of “beating” senioritis, but sometimes breaks are completely beneficial, and I mean ONE good break, not a million little ones. Take time and go out for a weekend and enjoy your friends and make memories that will stay after graduation. When you’re feeling the most overwhelmed, just step back and take yourself out to coffee and just enjoy quiet time not thinking about school or work. That way you’ll come back refreshed and absolutely kill it in your papers and exams.
College is hard enough but when we start seeing the finish line, things just start falling through the cracks and all we want to do is walk across that stage and receive our degree. It’s almost impossible not to fall into a slump at some point, but we have to keep our eyes on the prize and make it out of here with our best foot forward. Good luck everyone, may the curve be ever in your favor!