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Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

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  • after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

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They say that college is a marathon, and not a sprint, and we couldn’t agree more! After all, you need to work hard for four long years to ensure you’re keeping your grades up and doing all you can to prepare yourself for what comes after college. Whether that’s a career, additional schooling, volunteering, or even some time off, everything you do in your time at school will have an impact on what you decide to do next.

Unfortunately, sometimes it’s hard to keep going after you’ve made it through three years and you’re almost at the end of your fourth. You may find yourself with a case of senioritis. What exactly is senioritis and is there anything you can do to help you deal with it better? We’re glad you asked because in this article we’re going to explain it all, including:

  • What senioritis is
  • Tips and tricks to help you deal with senioritis

What is senioritis and how do you catch it?

Is there any way you can avoid catching a case of senioritis after four years of college?

college seniors at graduation

Senioritis is very common among students who are in their final semester of college. Image courtesy of KSHB.

While in college, you’ve shown that you definitely have the discipline to hunker down and get some work done. This is how you’ve made it this far, and it has served you well. Hard work will carry you into what’s next after school, but you may notice that as graduation day gets closer, you’re feeling less and less motivated. This is what’s known as senioritis, or the lack of motivation or desire to keep going and putting in a lot of work. You can see the light at the end of the tunnel, and you may realize that maybe you can pull back a little and not work as hard for the rest of the semester. Instead of going full throttle, many students think that the majority of their hard work is already done, and that they can just coast until graduation day.

Typically senioritis manifests as:

  • Not attending class
  • Drop in grades
  • Not completing assignments
  • Procrastination
  • Lack of interest in your classes

When senioritis manifests, it sometimes seems to come out of nowhere, and it appears like no one is immune to it. You’ve been working hard for almost four years towards your degree, and having the finish line in sight may cause you to feel like you can slack off a little. This can lead to turning in sub-par work, which can have a definite impact on your grades. 

Every student manifests a case of senioritis a little differently, and some may have a more difficult time overcoming it than others. It’s understandable that at the end of your college career, you feel less motivation towards courses that you know you’re going to pass, and may want to spend more time with friends, or preparing for life after school. 

However, it’s important to focus on the now, and try and keep yourself motivated to finish off your last semester as best you can. You don’t want all your hard work towards your great GPA to be for nothing when you let yourself go for one semester!

Although senioritis is hard to avoid, you can do a few things to keep from catching a bad case of it:

  • Plan your final semester deliberately. Although you can’t know how you’ll feel in April when you plan your spring semester the year before, one of the best ways to keep a serious case of senioritis at bay is to try and schedule classes that really interest you. By this point in your college career you should have the freedom to choose electives that aren’t requirements, but something you genuinely like. 
  • Stay involved. In addition to your coursework, try and get involved on or off campus in an activity or hobby. If you have more free time on your hands because your final semester is a lighter load, consider volunteering or joining that club you always meant to check out. This can help you stay on track and keep boredom away.
  • Use your time management skills. This is the last semester at your school, and it’s the last time your group of friends will be together. Although it is a little sad, use it as motivation to keep up or improve your time management skills! Making time for friends, class, and self-care is something that will benefit you in your adult life, so why not get some extra practice in before you leave campus? 

Our top 8 tips to help you deal with a case of senioritis

Whether you get a mild or heavy case of senioritis, there are things you can do to help you deal!

college seniors working in the library

Make time for friends as well as studies when you’re managing a case of senioritis. Image courtesy of Brandeis University.

Although it’s natural to start to lose focus when you can see the finish line of your college career, you don’t want to derail all that you’ve worked towards in one semester. Having a little senioritis is common, but you don’t want it to get out of hand. Luckily we have 8 ideas to help you deal with your case of senioritis so you can finish off your senior year with a bang! 

1. Set (and stick) to goals

Lack of motivation is the most common symptom of a case of senioritis. This is why it’s so important to make sure you’re still setting long and short term goals for the remainder of your semester. A short term goal could be to get an A on your final exam. That means you’re going to have to figure out ways to study so that you do end up acing that test. That short term goal can lead to your longer term goal of getting straight As for the semester, or graduating with honors. 

When you break up your long term goal of straight As (or whatever your specific academic goal is!) into acing your final exams and papers, it makes it seem that much more tangible. 

encouraging throw pillow from OCM
Keep yourself motivated with little motivational sayings or images that remind you of where you want to be each day! Whether it’s wall art or accent pillows, OCM has all kinds of options when it comes to keeping you on track towards reaching those goals. Image courtesy of OCM

2. Keep track of your schedule

It’s easy to fall into procrastination when you don’t stick to your schedule. This can lead to forgotten assignments or deadlines, which can affect your grades and potentially put you on the outs with your professors. You know how important being organized and having a schedule is, you’ve done it for over three years! This is no time to give up on it now.

Future employers will expect you to be able to stay on top of multiple projects, and not miss important deadlines. We discussed time management earlier, and this is one of those instances where you can really hone this skill. As much as you don’t want to worry about homework or studying is exactly when you need to keep to your schedule the most. If you can get through this patch, you can stay organized and on schedule for anything after college! 

3. Reward yourself

You know that the final semester of senior year is the time you have to hunker down and focus in order to avoid some serious senioritis. However, in order to avoid a bad case of burn out (which can lead to additional procrastination) it’s important to set up a reward system with yourself. You’ve set your short and long term goals, and when you achieve one of them, make sure you take the time to reward yourself. This can be something as small as treating yourself to a meal at a local restaurant, getting a fancy coffee and treat, or enjoying yourself at the movies. 

Reaching goals and having little rewards will entice you to stick to your schedule and keep you on track to do well. If you accomplished everything on your list, got a lot of studying done, got a good grade on a test, or even got a large chunk of your final paper written, make sure to reward yourself so you’ll keep on going. 

4. Take breaks

In addition to rewards, make sure you’re taking breaks throughout your day. Although as a student your primary job is to study and finish with good grades, you can’t expect to do that all the time. In fact working too long without breaks is not helpful at all to your brain. It will actually make you less productive! You should know by now that when your body and mind are starting to slack off it’s time to take a step back and walk away. Although college culture can sometimes encourage constant working, this isn’t something that’s beneficial to anyone.

Do your studying, paper writing, or group project for a while, and then take a 5-10 minute break. Walk away and let your mind focus on something else. Then come back and get back to it. There are all kinds of techniques to help train yourself to take breaks, but since you’ve made it this far, you’ve probably figured out a system that works for you! Now is the time to keep that system going. 

college senior getting work done in the library
Keep yourself organized and write your goals down to ensure you keep to a good schedule. Image courtesy of the Milton Scene

5. Set career-related goals

When you know you’re going to graduate, it can be hard to stay involved and motivated. If you find this is the case, try setting some post-college goals for yourself and seeing what you can do to accomplish them. While it’s still important to stick to your studying and class schedule, try making a separate list of career-related goals. If you’re looking to get into a certain field, start researching the best way to break into it. 

You could make a goal to reach out to people in that field on LinkedIn and see if they’ll agree to allow you to interview them. Alternatively, if you want to secure an internship in a specific field after school you could research internships and make a list of those you’d like to apply to.

Small goals like these can give you something else to keep track of and look forward to if you’re having a hard time just focusing on finishing up your classes. Don’t forget to reward yourself when you reach those goals!

6. Try new things

Although we love a good routine, sometimes it’s beneficial to get out there and try something new. Is there a club, sport, or activity you always meant to join? Why not check it out now. You could also try getting your work done in a different place on or off campus. This could even be as simple as switching up your path to each class! 

Trying something new each week is a great way to explore your campus and fit in all the things you may not have had time for in your previous three years. 

7. Make time for memories

Time management for studies is important, but so is making time for friends and memories! Although you may feel sad to think this is the last year at school with your friends, it’s good to remember to take advantage of the time you do have and enjoy each moment. Hang out together, take pictures, and visit all those places on campus that are sentimental to you. Studying is most important, but so is enjoying your last semester in the company of good friends. 

8. Remind yourself what you’re working towards 

Whenever you feel yourself getting off track, remember what you’re working towards. You’re working towards a degree from your school so that you can start your life journey post-college. You want to make the most of your time here, so stay on track and you’ll be sure to reach your goals!

Senioritis can happen to any college senior, but there are things you can do to help avoid it and deal with it. Make sure to use these tips to stay motivated and finish up your last semester on top!