Senioritis

First off, a hard truth: senioritis is virtually impossible to avoid. Regardless of your GPA, class schedule, or usual degree of academic motivation, this affliction will overtake you to some degree during your last two semesters of college. It is worthwhile, therefore, to embrace senioritis as an inevitable and perfectly natural phase of collegiate life. It affects different students in different ways, of course: for some, it amplifies their procrastination habits; for others, it puts a damper on their ordinarily unwavering studiousness. Regardless of how it affects you, this affliction is not a terminal academic illness; everyone (almost) makes it to graduation, so have no fear. If you’re especially worried, these tips should give you some peace of mind:
• Enjoy it: Embrace your senior status and give in to the temptation to laze around and do nothing. As long as you don’t overdo it, allowing yourself these senioritis moments is a healthy and normal part of being an almost-college graduate. After three years of classwork and club meetings, you should have a clear idea of how to manage a heavy workload, and these are your last few months living with your college friends before entering the real world—so have fun.
• Stick to a schedule: Make very distinct “working” hours throughout the week. Designate specific study areas, places where you go solely to work, totally distraction-free. Make sure your planner and calendar are as thorough as possible, complete with personal deadlines and assignment due-dates. Feeling accomplished will allow you to enjoy the aforementioned senioritis moments guilt-free.
• Let some things slide: Your workload is overflowing with final papers and presentations and upper-level exams. It’s impossible to go to a different club meeting every day of the week like you did your freshman and sophomore years. Prioritize which extracurriculars mean the most to you, and only take on as much leadership responsibility as you can handle. If you need to skip a meeting or sleep in instead of go to your early-morning class from time to time, give yourself permission to do so. But on the other hand…
• Go to class: By now, you know which professors have strict attendance policies and exactly how many you classes can miss before your letter grade begins to slip. But going to class only requires about 45 minutes of your day; even if you’re hung-over or sleep-deprived, just showing up means that you’re trying. Be kind to yourself and take mental health days when necessary, but still make academics your priority. Class is the main reason you should be going to college, after all.
• Take care of yourself: Do whatever you need to stay happy and active. Chances are, huge chunks of your days will be spent staring at a computer screen or highlighting pages of a textbook—not exactly the most active of activities. So whenever you can, be kind to your body; go to the gym, get some fresh air, eat plenty of veggies when you do get time for a cafeteria meal. Taking care or your body will make you feel better inside and out, and boosting your mood will boost your motivation as well

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