After numerous attempts to define my frame of mind during the Spring semester of my Senior year, I’ve decide that senioritis is in fact,
“A state of mind in which the end is eminent, thus casting a hazy shadow that makes all other things seem irrelevant.”
Which to my own recollection, came with debilitating side-effects and crippling symptoms. After trying three times, on different occasions to write this article, here it is. Senioritis begins after your last exam during Fall semester and takes over on January 1st of spring semester. The moment you realize that you’re about to graduate, the more senioritis wraps its tentacles around every activity you once enjoyed.
For myself, the crippling condition goes hand in that nostalgia that makes you want to simply enjoy what’s left. It wasn’t merely that I was indifferent during those last few classes and meetings, I just wanted to be making more worthwhile memories. Where senioritis left me negligent towards my books it made me acutely aware of the other trappings of graduation. With every assignment I procrastinated on I consoled myself with hanging out with my scottie sisters or applying for jobs. Not to mention that for the last five months of university I neglected my books for a relationship I was certain would have to end.
Even now, I’m still not 100% certain if it was all worth it. You sort of have to just weigh it all. It’s your final year. Go after all that you can, but try to stay balanced. You want to finish strong, even though you’re exhausted. These final months are unique, and yet pivotal. I assure you that studying should still be a priority. Keep your head up. Work hard and try your best to make allies. Above all else, make a conscious effort to reach out to those you look up to, and nurture mentorship relationships. Certainly, connect with professors that you believe will make credible, and strong references. This will be vital during your next moves. Lastly, ensure that you have copies of your transcript. You never know what could happen.
You can thank me later.