Senioritis is very much a real thing and if you do not have it yet, someone else in your peer group might be experiencing it! Beware. Senioritis can be contagious when others have given off the "I Don't Care" vibe. Thoughts start to creep in your mind of how hard you have worked for the past 3, maybe 3.5 years so now all you may want to do is reward yourself with a little break, right? No! That is what you have to repeat to yourself, over and over. Fight this senioritis because the future awaits and it is time to put the pedal to the metal!
Here are 6 ways to beat senioritis this year and stay focused on what is to come:
1. Set some goals!
While it is important to allow yourself a little bit of a break when having been performing at full capacity it is important to not let that spiral out of control. Set a couple concrete goals for yourself in order to motivate yourself on ward. Write these goals down somewhere so you can hold yourself accountable (after all, if they are written down then they are more official!).
2. Create a schedule
With everyone feeling the graduation itch, you will begin to see your friends and peers begin to spend more and more time together in social settings. When all of your friends seem to be hanging out and going out, that is where it starts to get complicated to balance your work load as well. This is where the importance of balance plays a huge role. By creating a schedule, you will be better able to see all of your "to-do" items in a clear place while also being able to fit in the social aspects where and when it works.
3. Stay active
Make time to take care of yourself when you catch the senioritis bug! It is important to continue making time for yourself to stay fit and be active. If you feel yourself getting lazy, nip the bad habits that might be starting to form by going for a walk or run through campus, encourage your friends to play a game of soccer, or simply go to the on-campus fitness center! By continuing to focus on staying active, you will also get a surge of extra motivation to accomplish other things on your to-do list.
4. Study smart
As you are venturing closer and closer to graduation day, it is important to make sure that you study smart. You know the routine fairly well on how much time and effort you need to dedicate to your studies in order to succeed. Make sure that your study habits continue into your very last semester! While it might be tempting to get a bit lazy, it is also important to stay on the path and continue to study smart to ensure you end the semester knowing you put your best foot forward!
5. Get motivated
As you are in your final year of college, stop for a moment to think about what things about your courses or skills that you have developed have inspired you. Are there certain things that you are interested in learning more about? Now is the time to pursue those interests! This is a great way to get a boost of motivation to finish out the semester strong (and it is also a good indication of your motivation for the next stages of your life!).
6. Do something for your future
By this we mean put out some feelers! Send out your resume to a few hiring companies or stop by a job fair hosted on your campus. Either way, get involved and start to make strides towards your future. With so many resources at your fingertips, now is the time to make use of them and see what your future can hold! Not sure when to get started? Perhaps chat with a professor, guidance counselor, or other mentor for tips on how to start planning for what comes next after graduation.