Dealing with Senioritis

Editor’s Note: This article was original posted on MSA’s literary arts blog, curated by junior and senior literary arts students.

Senioritis is very real, and if you think you will never get it, you’re wrong because it happened to me… 

“I’m Maleigh Crespo, and I suffer from senioritis.”

Yes, it’s true. I have succumbed to the pressure of senior year, but I am trying to find my way back, slowly but surely. I thought I’d give you a few tips that I’ve learned along the way:

  • It’s not like the movies, so stop trying so hard

Senior year is not like High School Musical or Twilight. There’s no epic romance or incredible self-discovery, so stop waiting for that to happen, and do your homework. 

  • College is overrated— and overpriced

Don’t get me wrong, education is important, but with that incredible urge to simply not go to college lingering over your head, it gets hard to continue moving forward. I get it. College is also crazy expensive for no reason, and if finances alone don’t make you want to drop out before you’ve even been accepted, please let me know how you live life. It’s normal to feel these things, but if you’re the college-going type, please go to college. Fill out the arduous applications: type your name and email into the little squares a million times if you have to, write that essay that the fate of your future depends on, pester your counselor for the thousandth time about your class rank; do it all, but don’t give up. You got this!

  • Stop talking to that boy/girl

Again, this isn’t Twilight, Bella. It’s not gonna happen, so please stop talking to them every night and get some sleep. You’ll thank me later. 

  • PRIORITIES, PRIORITIES, PRIORITIES !!!

If you learn nothing else from senior year (or this article), I hope it’s prioritizing! I know you want to go out to dinner with your friends, but your friends don’t have a huge research paper due tomorrow at 11:59pm. Though you probably could’ve done both had you managed your time wisely…

  • Time Management

Keep a planner or schedule at all times. Hold yourself accountable. Say you’ll get things done, and ACTUALLY GET THEM DONE. Be honest with yourself, and only plan to do things you’re really going to do. Don’t set yourself up for failure. 

  • Learn the word “No,” and Use it Often

Stop agreeing to do things you don’t want to do or saying yes when you KNOW you don’t have time! Your friends will still love you if you miss one event, and if they don’t, you need better friends anyway. 

  • Self Care

Treat yourself kindly, and make time for yourself! Don’t make too much time for yourself to the point that you aren’t being productive, but every now and then, do something nice, just for YOU! Please just take care of yourself— mind, body, and soul. 

Senioritis is real, and you need to be aware of it. Don’t be in denial, but don’t be paranoid. It can happen to anyone, and that’s okay. You just have to recognize it and overcome it. 

If you feel symptoms of this illness coming on, take the proper precautions to prevent it from derailing you from having an awesome senior year. Keep your head up; it does get better!

Best,

Maleigh

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