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Tips for Beating Senioritis

If you’re graduating this year, you are probably experiencing some form of senioritis. Maybe you graduate in December and are just trying to make it a few more months and senioritis has truly set in. Or maybe you’re graduating in May and are just starting to feel a hint of senioritis creeping into your life. Either way, here are a few tips to help you make it to graduation with decent grades and your sanity.

1. Don’t put things off until the last minute. Trust me, I am the master of doing this. I’ve put off 6 classes worth of homework and reading until Sunday many a time, but this always leaves me extremely stressed on Sunday and I end up starting off my week on a bad note. Plan out your homework for the week at the beginning of the week or even the week before. You don’t have to follow this plan perfectly, but it will definitely help to ensure you don’t spend your weekends stressing and feeling like you can’t catch a break.

2. Make some short term goals. I know this probably contradicts your first instinct during senior year which is to focus on figuring out your future and setting long-term career goals. However, thinking on this large scale can cause you to over-stress and eventually shutdown. This means you get nothing accomplished. Therefore, it’s best to set short-term goals you can slowly build to long-term goals. For instance, if you plan to go to grad school, there are seemingly a million steps to the application process. So instead of your goal being “apply to grad school”, make it something more like “sign up to take the GRE/GMAT exam” and so on.

3. Get out of your routine. Having a routine can be a good thing, you know where you need to be and when and you can better plan your week. Routines are especially helpful when you have a hectic schedule as most seniors do. However, sticking to a strict routine can also cause you to fall into a rut. Being in this rut can increase senioritis and laziness. Therefore, while a routine is great, sometimes you have to shake it up and add some excitement to your life.   

Whether senioritis is taking over your life or you’re just starting to get an inkling of it, I hope these tips can help you stay on track and end your college experience on a high note.

 

Hannah Trudeau is a co-correspondent for Her Campus at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is an International Business and Information Systems/ Supply Chain Management double major and is minoring in French. She would love to travel the world one day for work as she loves to learn about different countries and cultures. In her free time, Hannah enjoys reading and catching up with friends.
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