Coping with college senioritis

Jacob Bush


Senioritis is a serious social condition affecting high school and college students nearing their final stretch of school until graduation and who display a general trend of apathy in their last months of school. Symptoms include a lack of motivation, tendency to skip or under perform in classes, and the most dreadful: chronic procrastination. If these symptoms apply to you, or if you wish to improve your work ethic in school, then it would be beneficial to keep reading.

While senioritis generally refers only to seniors in school, there is a guarantee that regardless of age or level of scholarship, a student will experience some level of senioritis first hand at one or several times in their education. This is because the roots of senioritis are burnout, laziness or both. So the question is, how do we students counteract this seemingly overwhelming and universal force?

At Pierce College, the strength of senioritis is obvious by the way it impacts a variety of students who attend the college. At Pierce, senioritis is experienced by Running Start students who are seniors in high school, college sophomores who are about to finish their two-year degrees and by students who are in the middle of their degrees/programs. However, their senioritis is described as midyear burnout.

Senioritis and midyear burnout, which typically attacks students winter quarter, are very similar conditions because overall student performance is lowered by both of them. There’s a distinction between the two and it comes down to choice.

Midyear burnout isn’t a choice, it’s experienced by hard working students whose motivation is depleted after many hours of studying and work. Senioritis can be attributed to a student who’s also hard working but leaves enough room to be lazy. They choose to do this because they feel their chances of graduating will be fine if they coast for the rest of the school year. The easiest way to overcome senioritis is just to wait until graduation. Burnout is the more serious of the two conditions. It can be overcome through a type of therapy called spring break, which is an effective method to help replenish the weary student.

While these solutions are simple they’re not the most practical ways to overcome senioritis or burnout during the middle of the quarter. With the onset of burnout, you’ll become tired, tired and more tired. Tiredness is inevitable, and therefore the real skill is in coping and conservation strategies of what energy you do have.

All nighters don’t work. If you work late into the night, your brain may retain some of the information but the longer you refuse yourself sleep, the less effective recalling that information will be. You now have even fewer hours to sleep and receive no benefit from studying, which is extremely detrimental to your grades and your chances of conserving and sustaining your energy.

Keeping up is always much easier than catching up. This is easier said than done when you have to choose between doing more homework or having some quality “me” time. To these thoughts you must say: me time is overrated and my workload will only be amplified by skipping assignments. This is the best coping and conservation strategy.

Procrastination is a natural method of prioritizing, it’s the continuous sifting between what needs to be done and what can wait. Procrastination is not a bad thing, unless in cases like senioritis where it’s caused by laziness.

Don’t be afraid of it but be efficient with the time procrastinating can allow you.

Organization through procrastination can be a useful practice to squeeze out the final weeks of the quarter, discipline on the other hand is reserved to senioritis. Work smart, not hard.

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Coping with college senioritis

by Jacob Bush time to read: 3 min