We All Have End-Of-Semester Senioritis

We All Have End-Of-Semester Senioritis

Big time.

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Now that Thanksgiving break is a thing of the past, and winter break is relatively right around the corner, most, if not all, of usare experiencing what I like to call "End-Of-Semester Senioritis".

Actually, most of us were experiencing this even before Thanksgiving break.

And it's dangerous. Really dangerous. All GPAs please find shelter. Take cover. Senioritis is striking.

With the semester winding down, it is easy to adopt the mindset that you no longer have any academic responsibilities, and this is definitely, definitely as far away from the truth as we could possibly get.

Here at Fordham, finals kick off on December 13th with foreign language exams, and its allllllll downhill from there. Until break, that is.

The point is, we definitely still have academic responsibilities, and important ones, at that. But senioritis sure does make it difficult to keep them in check.

Leading up to Thanksgiving break, it's always easy to get into the mentality that you've been working ~really~ hard and you ~really~ deserve a break. And honestly? We all do work really hard, and we do deserve to cut ourselves a break...... but it's a little bit impossible to do that during finals season. Raise your hand if you brought home your laptop, notebooks, etc. with good intentions, and then ended up doing little to none of your work over break, then found yourself in fight or flight mode Sunday night.

Me too.

Personally, I went home for Thanksgiving break with this mentality that I could afford to take those few days to myself and not worry about anything academics-related, because it was in the back of my mind that we'd be going home for the end of the semester soon. I was very much mistaken.

As college students, we have constant responsibilities, whether they be academic, social, personal, familial... the list goes on. The point is, we have a lot of responsibilities, and it can get difficult to keep priorities straight. We are constantly working, and even when we finish work, there is always more work to be done. It can definitely start to feel like a never-ending cycle of stress, and the worst part is that even when we really, REALLY deserve and need a break, we sometimes truly cannot reward ourselves with one.

Right now, I know I am not only speaking for myself when I say we have been working so incredibly hard for the past few weeks, and it has been absolutely exhausting. There have been days so jam-packed with work that it feels like there isn't even enough time to get an actual night of sleep. AND THERE LITERALLY ISN'T ENOUGH TIME TO GET AN ACTUAL NIGHT OF SLEEP! That being said, YEAH, we deserve a break. But can we have one? No, because guess what! Finals are right around the corner.

For me, the only break I can really have truly can't extend more than an hour or so.There is so much to be done at all times that wasting any more time than that is actually detrimental.

The thing is, though, how do professors and universities not realize the incredible amount of stress and pressure they are placing on their students? There are people in my life who find themselves skipping meals and not sleeping because they do not have time to do so. Is that really how universities believe they are going to lead their students to thrive? By allowing them to be starving and sleep deprived due to the ridiculous amount of work?

If you ask me, I think not.

But for now, all we can is look forward to winter break and keep telling ourselves we only have a few more weeks to go.

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50 Items On My High School Bucket List

The senior year bucket list of a socially awkward Asian girl.
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Senior Year!! Of course I need to make a bucket list and accomplish most (if not all) of the things on here before I graduate and go off to college! So here's the senior year bucket list of an awkward antisocial Asian girl.


1. Go to my first football game. (I've never been before)


2. Go to a baseball game. (Surprisingly, I've been to a college baseball game before, but we only stayed for the first inning and then left, so I don't think it counts)


3. Fall in love with an unknown band.



4. Get in a milk chugging contest with someone at lunch. (and win)


5. Rescue the stray kittens in my neighborhood. (I see them around sometimes but can never catch them)


6. Sleep for an entire day.


7. GO WATCH SUICIDE SQUAD (I heard it's not as good as the trailers make it seem, though, and I've been waiting to see it since the first trailer came out)


8. Learn to cook more than ramen.


9. Join a peaceful protest somewhere.


10. Cry over a really sad movie.


11. Pull an all-nighter because of something other than finishing homework (could be anything).


12. Make a new friend (I'm really awkward around strangers so this is definitely going to be a challenge).


13. Adopt a novice on the debate team (not really "adopt," per se, but more like take them in).


14. Re-qualify for NCFL (and maybe qualify for NSDA).


15. Do more social things around social people and be more social.


16. Reorganize my room completely.


17. Straight A's.


18. Senior Skip Day.


19. Freak out over something stupid.


20. Hang out more with my friends (instead of being a social recluse).


21. Bake someone a cake (and have them eat it without dying/wanting to die).


22. Mini-marathon (subject to change, depending on how lazy I am throughout the year).


23. Become less lazy.


24. Relearn the piano (one song will suffice).


25. Get a job.


26. Enjoy said job (or at least, the money that the job gives me).


27. Get car insurance and a car.


28. Stop tolerating my brother and start enjoying his presence (this will be incredibly difficult).


29. Ombre my hair.


30. Chop my hair off.


31. Eat an entire pizza by myself (over the course of a day because otherwise I would die).


32. Stop using "like" so much when I talk.


33. Write a poem about pillow pets.


34. Say yes to everything for a day.


35. Have more school spirit.


36. Tolerate and go along with school traditions (like dressing up on Homecoming week).


37. Wear pink on a Wednesday.


38. Witness a fight on campus (everyone wants to see them, even if no one wants to admit it).


39. Win a bet (is this illegal if you're betting money?).


40. Become insanely beautiful overnight (you know when puberty hits and someone becomes super-hot?).


41. New wardrobe.


42. Obsess over a TV show.


43. Go to a party (just to see how awful it really is).


44. Prom? (idk about being *this* outgoing)


45. Do something lowkey illegal (like going 50 in a 30 zone)


46. Picnic.


47. Drive around pointlessly with friends.


48. Graduate with special honors.


49. Get accepted into my dream college.


50. Have fun and enjoy my last year of childhood :)

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The 13 Stages Of Writing Your Senior Thesis, As Told By 'Drake And Josh'

Well, I never thought it would be so simple… it wasn't

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This semester, I decided to write my thesis. With it being my senior year and being a requirement for my major, I had to do it sometime. It was without a doubt the longest paper I've ever written as well as one of the most challenging things I've done for a class. I spent so many hours researching ideas, reading scholarly articles, and writing, editing, and writing again. Needless to say, I'm glad it's done. For those who haven't yet – or never have to – write a thesis, here's what that process was like, as told by our favorite boobs: Drake and Josh.

1. Finding out that you’d have to write a thesis was devastating

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Since I'm a transfer student, I was unaware that this was even a thing. But I learned soon enough after I heard my professors talking about it.

2. Trying to come up with an original idea is super difficult

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The idea behind the thesis is that you're writing about something new, unlike a regular research paper where you can write about something that's been written about before. Trying to find a unique topic is half the battle.

3. Reading long analytical articles that use way too many words that you don’t know

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I adopted a policy when reading through my sources that if I read a sentence three times and *still* had no idea what it meant, I'd just skip it and read on.

4. Trying to convince yourself that the process won’t be *that* bad

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5. When the other thesis students are talking about their papers and they’ve made more progress than you

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Them: "I wrote my introduction plus three pages last night!"

You, thinking: "I literally haven't started yet. Am I behind?!"

6. When you don’t want to work on it, it’s all too easy to find another activity to distract you

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7. My friends when I’d complain about my thesis

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Shout out to my friends for accepting the excuse "I need to work on my thesis tonight." You're the real MVPs here.

8. You write away for half an hour and only end up with a couple pages of material

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9. When you’re done with a paragraph and try to convince yourself that it sounds smart, or even the cooliest if you will

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Throw in some of those big words you don't understand from the source material and you're set!

10. After so many pages, it sounds like you’re saying the same things over and over

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11. As the deadline gets closer and closer, the stress only goes up

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12. Putting off editing until tomorrow probably won’t help

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13. When you finally submit your thesis and you’re so happy to be done

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Only now can I finally enjoy Christmas.

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