How to Beat Senioritis

Senioritis. A problem I have been dealing with all too much these past few weeks. Okay, maybe these past few months. With this being my last semester (hopefully) at McGill, I am struggling to find the motivation to do a lot of what needs to be done. While the thought of graduating is somewhat terrifying, there is no denying I'm ready to be done with classes and take some time to myself. I have a feeling I'm not the only senior dealing with this, so I thought we could work through it together. How can you beat senioritis? 

1. Lean Into It Sometimes

Let's face it, I was never able to be completely on top of my game, even when I wasn't a senior. But I think with the years, I've learned that to a certain extent, that's okay. So remember to give yourself moments of respite where you don't beat yourself up for your lack of motivation. A 20-minute episode of the Office or a quick lunch with a friend won't derail your entire future, but it will make your final semester a lot less stressful, I promise. This goes for everybody, not just seniors! So enjoy your afternoon off, guilt-free, as long as...

2. Stay Organized

As long as you stay organized. One of the easiest traps to fall into when you're so close to being done is slowly abandoning habits you might have built up over the years that enabled you to plan your weeks out. Try not to lose those habits. To-do lists, reward systems, whatever your method for making sure you don't feel too overwhelmed during midterms and finals, are crucial for feeling like you have a plan. Within that plan, you can build in moments of fun. But remember, life happens, so make sure you're organized, but flexible. 

3. Your Support System

The other night I went out with my friends to celebrate my birthday, and although I had a million things on my mind for the upcoming week, I found being around my people for a nice dinner was extremely restorative. Don't be afraid to talk about it when it feels like you can't make that final push to the end of the semester, or to the end of next week because you feel like there is too much to do and not enough time. Full disclosure? That's how I feel right now. But knowing that I have friends and family that are there for me makes the weight on my shoulders a little less heavy. 

To be honest, most of these tips aren't exclusive to seniors. In some way, at each stage of your university life, these tips become important, albeit for different reasons or in different contexts. So to all my seniors, and to all of you who feel like graduation is still a long way away, remember to take care of and be kind to yourselves. It might not be high school anymore, but we're all in this together, and spring break is just around the corner ;)

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