Senioritis. It’s an evil evil phenomenon that plagues most students when they approach their senior year. I hate to admit it, but I am currently struggling with it myself. For me, it seems like I have worked so hard for so long, and now that the end is in sight, I just want to take it easy. I’m out of steam and have trouble caring about the things I used to find so important, like graduating with a certain GPA or entering my field in a certain position.
So when I saw this cartoon, it really hit home because it’s so true!
What Happened? via phdcomics.com
After you graduate high school, you have so many ambitions. For me, it was graduating with a 4.0 GPA in less than four years. Everyone thinks they will be the next big star in their industry. You are bright-eyed and bushy-tailed and ready to take on the world. Until that first round of final exams.
By the start of your sophomore year, you are slightly more realistic. (Okay, maybe a 3.5 sounds more manageable.) And as you progress, it just makes more sense to hope for warm pepperoni pizza and happy hour instead of the Noble Prize.
Well, here’s my battle cry: If you are suffering from a major case of the “I don’t wanna study anymore and just want to get school over with” blues like I am, try to get back some of that freshman year ambition. We used to have it; surely we can find it again, right?
I have found the best method is taking things one day at a time, with a big goal in the distance.
For example, if your goal is to improve your grade by the end of the semester, start small. Study an extra 30 minutes every day and review what you studied before you go to bed at night. Take a few practice exams before your final and find the areas that you can improve in. Then, on the day of the test, you’ll be ready to rock.
For me, senioritis is on the way out. It’s time to jump back on the ambition bandwagon.
Hopefully the bandwagon has free food and beer too.
Who’s with me?!