Senioritis, from the word senior plus the suffix -itis , is a term used to describe the decreased motivation toward studies displayed by students who are nearing the end of their high school, college, and graduate school careers.
Senioritis infects over 50% of seniors every year/semester. With your graduation date right around the corner, it’s hard to stay focused on your school work. You get to the point where you can taste the freedom of not having due dates, exams, projects, quizzes, etc. and it becomes harder and harder to commit to your studies. It happens to the best of us, don’t worry. It’s not that you’ve lost your will to learn, it’s because you know that in just a short amount of time you won’t need to be in a classroom. You lose a bit of motivation because the finish line is just so close. But don’t worry, The Hype Girls have your back! Here are some tips on how to stay focused during your senior year but also remain stress- free.
Go to the gym: May sound silly, but working out makes you feel amazing and gives you a positive attitude. After working out, you naturally feel more motivated. So one of the best times to study or do that homework you’ve been putting off, is after you break a sweat!
Have at least one GOOD study buddy: Most college students’ mistake is the fact that they are surrounded by friends that party a lot, study last minute, procrastinate, etc. Now that works for some college students, but it may not be for you. If you’re surrounding yourself with constant party goers, chances are you’re going to become one too. Everyone has different study habits that work for them. If you’re not the type that can party everyday and still get all of your school work done, then you need to find a study buddy. Not just any study buddy though, one that will help push you. You need a person that will call you just to ask, “Did you study for your physics exam last night?”, “Did you remember the quiz we have coming up in calculus”, etc. Trust us, it’s so much harder to slack when you have someone pushing and questioning you.
Keep a clean room: Clear space, clear mind. If you have a lot of clutter in your space, chances are you have a lot of clutter and disorganization going on in your mind too. Organization is one of the most important thing that most of us college students tend to neglect. We get so busy rushing everywhere, that we just start tossing and throwing and rummaging through everything, that by the end of the week, we can’t even find that 12 page paper we wrote. Not only does keeping a clean room keep you organized and from losing things, it also helps you from being stressed. Again, clear space, clear mind. Remember that.
Have one rest day: Every college student should have at least one day where they do absolutely nothing but relax. No parties, no bars, no studying…nothing! Even if you have to stress the night before to finish up all of your homework and studying, you need that one day of rest. What most of us do is work our brain and stress every single day until our brains and our bodies just give up on us. Our mind body need a day of rest so they can function properly. Take just one day out of every week and just “chill”. Go to the beach, read a book, lay in bed and watch movies. This day is for you to get your mind and body back where it needs to be and put you into a better, less stressful mood.
Keep Count: Lastly, keep count! Keep count of the days that you have left of school. You’d be surprised to see how motivating it is to look at how much closer you’re getting to the finish line, every day. The mistake most of us make is that we know what month we’re graduating, but we don’t keep count. This causes us to get that “so close, yet so far”/”it seems like it’ll never end” mentality ,which in the end causes us to lose motivation and hit the Senioritis stage. Keep a calendar right by your bed and keep an accurate count of how many days you have left and keep that “freshman year motivation”!
Good luck future graduates!