3 Ways To Survive Senioritis!

3 Ways To Survive Senioritis!

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This is my last year at Biola University. Seriously, where has the time gone? It feels like only yesterday I walked onto the campus as a freshman—wide-eyed, terrified, and searching for my S.O.S. group—and now I am filling out my graduation petition. As I look ahead, my future is not as clear as I’d like it to be, but I know that I have one…somewhere. One challenge I can’t seem to overcome is senioritis. We all feel it. I think I started showing symptoms my Junior year. When I watched my best friend receive her diploma this past spring, my spirit graduated with her. Honestly guys…I’m done! It’s hard even to get up in the mornings and face class, work, or chapel when I know the end is just around the corner. I’m tired before the day has even begun. But I have found several ways to lessen my symptoms of senioritis. If you find yourself in a similar predicament, read on!

1. Find new challenges. I know you may be thinking, “What?! I thought you said we’re too tired to even face the day?” Hear me out. By challenge I mean a fun challenge like running an extra mile in the evenings or finding a new hobby you were always interested in. I recommend something active because we are exercising our brains more than our bodies. Plus, physical activity reduces stress, which we could all use a little less of anyways.

2. Enjoy Guilty Pleasures. Whether it is a Grande caramel macchiato or a show on Netflix you binge watch over and over again, never forget to indulge in a guilty pleasure or two. I recently found a show to watch with my sister—who is my roommate—and now I always look forward to 7:00 pm because that’s when we take a break and watch at least three episodes together. It’s addicting, yet relaxing.

3. Don’t focus on the future. As seniors, it’s hard not to think about the future. We are often asked, “What will you do after graduation?” “Where do you want to work?” “What do you want to do with your life?” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to answer these questions and I’m sure you feel my pain. You don’t have to have anything figured out now. Invest in the NOW! If you plant your seeds—however small—now, something will come out of it. I applied to my current job last semester and it led to another job which might actually lead to a potential position post-graduation. You never know where your choices may lead you. If you actively invest in your present, your future can’t help but be affected.

Whether you are suffering from senioritis or know someone who is, hang in there! You’re almost done. But this isn’t the time to give up. Finishing strong is the other half of the battle. We might as well learn how to finish strong now rather than later.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.
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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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To My Boyfriend, As He Prepares To Graduate College

Good luck in the "real world," you can do it!

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Five weeks, excluding finals and that's it. No more classes, first-day icebreakers, Pub Wednesdays, or game days at the Pepsi Ice Skating Rink. You. Are. Done. Crazy right?

In just a blink of an eye, your four years here at Illinois State University have flown by. It's heartbreaking because I know how much you love being here with your friends, enjoying every minute of living your best life, and not worrying about "adult" responsibilities. I can see how hard it is for you to fully accept that these next couple of weeks are your last weeks here.

You look at me with those eyes every time I mention how close the graduation date is, but I can't help but express my excitement and how proud I am even though I know for a fact that my senior year won't be the same without you here. Questions like who would I grab Panda Express on a weekly basis with? What about Sunday grocery trips? Or simply calling you and having you right at my door in a matter of minutes.

It's sure going to be different not only for me but the guys too. Why? Well, there's going to be no one to make random noises or say random things. All I can say is, you have made strong friendships with people you consider your lifelong friends — ones you'll stay in contact with until the end of time. It's amazing how much of an impact you have made on your friends, peers, and me. Everyone has so many nice things to say about you. I know you're smiling and shaking your head right now, but I have videos to prove it! Thanks to your family for creating and influencing that amazing heart of yours. They really did raise such an amazing person.

I am truly lucky to witness the good times and bad times with you these past two years. Those experiences have made you who you are today. From partying every weekend to getting your grades up to becoming captain of the hockey team, then struggling to find internships, to finding one, and finally in a couple of weeks...stepping into that stadium and on that stage to receive your diploma. I have so much much faith that you'll be nothing but successful, however, YOU have to believe in yourself as well.

In just weeks, you'll be considered an alumnus. Don't be sad, be happy about all of the memories you hold in your heart — all the friendships you've made, all the games you've led and won. I'll be waving, cheering, and, most likely, crying from the stands as you walk and receive your diploma. Be proud and walk with pride.

Here's to a great four years — the end of chapter 16 and the start of a new one.

Congratulations, baby, you did it!

P.S. Don't forget to come back and visit me and the guys!

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