Thoughts from Tutors

Don’t Let Senioritis Get the Best of You

JJ Taylor
Master Tutor

If you are graduating in May like I am, there is a good chance that you are starting to feel the effects of senioritis, which is described by Wikipedia as “…the decreased motivation toward studies displayed by students who are nearing the end of their high school, college, and graduate school careers.” The effects of senioritis can be even worse if you already have a job lined up for after you graduate. However, it is important not to let this get the best of you, and to stay focused on your studies. Let’s go over some different tips to help reduce the effects of senioritis on both you and your school work.

  1. Stay active outside of class

Exercising can help clear your mind and work out any stress that is accumulating from the frustration caused by your classes. This does not necessarily mean going to the gym every day, however. The leisure pool recently opened up on March 27th, and spending some time out in the sun and the water is a great way to relax. It is even more effective if you go with some of your favorite friends.

  1. Go to class, even if you don’t want too

It is always encouraged that you attend class, but it becomes especially important when senioritis is setting in. The reason is because if you are struggling to go to class, chances are that many of the other people in your class are struggling as well. If there are not many people going to class, the teacher might start giving out pop quizzes to those that are there, or taking attendance grades. These are points that you cannot afford to miss out on. Also, the teacher might give out important information about upcoming tests during those classes you miss.

  1. Don’t let your job go to your head

If you have already gotten and accepted a job offer for after graduation, senioritis can be especially severe. However, you must not let this go to your head, and instead remember to focus on your studies. If you read the fine print of your offer letter, I can guarantee you that it says something to the effect of: “this offer is contingent upon the completion and verification of your degree.” This means that if you slack off after you receive that job offer and do not graduate, your would-be future employer will quickly rescind that offer and you will be left with nothing but another semester in school.

  1. Stay the course and finish strong

You have put in four to five hard years in school. You may or may not have secured that dream job you have been wanting. Do yourself a favor and finish out your school career as strong as you started. There is only a few weeks of school left, and it will be over before you know it. In fact, the busier you keep yourself by working on your homework and studying, the quicker those days will pass.

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