The finish line is so close – you can see the light – you’re almost free! With the excitement of your college years coming to an end, it’s easy to get distracted and feel unmotivated. This feeling is referred to as senioritis.
To help you combat the “illness” known as senioritis, we reached out to some recent grads for their tips to stay on track, have some fun, and finish strong.
Remember your grades still matter
Grades still matter! I didn’t plan on attending grad school, and I let my grades slip. You know…C’s get degrees.
Now that I’m trying to get into grad school, it’s difficult, and so many of these headaches could have been avoided. Don’t be like me, you’ll be kicking yourself later.
Make classes a little more interesting
If you can, take a fun class to help fulfill some of your necessary credits. It’ll make the class a little more interesting, and you’ll be more excited to actually attend.
I took an “Introduction to Elvis” class that was really fun! I’ve heard some colleges have classes about taking the perfect selfie and even one all about the Kardashians!
Get out and do things on campus
During my senior year, my friends and I made a list of goals for the year. Those goals included making sure to attend sporting events, a standing coffee date at our favorite café each week, and really exploring the city around campus before we all went our separate ways after graduation.
It gave us something to look forward to each week, and I made some of my favorite memories that year.
Step outside your comfort zone
Is there something you’ve always wanted to do but never done? Now is the time! I wanted to be “that guy” at the football games. Crazy wig, painted face, going all out at the tailgate.
I wish I had done it sooner. I met people I would have never become friends with, and even have plans to meet up each year at the big rivalry game to relive those experiences.
Network with your professors
If you have a favorite professor, ask if they want to get coffee. Take advantage of their office hours. Chances are good they’ll have some great advice to help keep you motivated and stay on track.
Explore your surroundings
I went to college in Utah, and we were surrounded by amazing outdoor experiences and hiking trails. My senior year, I made a deal with myself – if I finished all my homework and didn’t miss any classes, my friends and I would hit a new trail or take a mini-road trip to explore neighboring cities. I wish I had started something like that sooner, I went to some really cool places.
Avoid doing nothing at all
Ugh, senioritis hit me HARD! I had a job lined for after graduation, so I did literally nothing. I spent all weekend watching Law & Order and getting PostMates.
I was bored, but I justified it thinking about how I would have to be a “real person” after graduation. I wish I would have gotten outside more, or even gone to the gym. The gym has always been a great stress reliever for me.
I’m sure you’ve heard it a thousand times, college is the best time of your life. While this is true to a certain extent, don’t lose sight of why you’re really there. In addition to meeting new people and experiencing new things – your main objective to get an education.
However, a lot of responsibility comes on the heels of graduation. Getting a new job, paying big bills, and figuring how to navigate real life. There’s nothing wrong with taking a little time during senior year to really experience things. If any of these tips spark inspiration — run with it!