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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To The High School Senior Nearing The End Of This Chapter, Feel Free To Look Back

Trust me, you're going to want to.

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Right now you can't wait to leave. You can't wait for that fresh start, new friends, independence… the list is never-ending. But coming from someone two years removed from high school, please take it all in. Take in those last goofy times in class. All those fun car rides in the middle of the night with your friends where you laugh so hard you cry. Spending all day long with the friends you've known your whole life… remember how it feels in your heart. Enjoy graduation and take lots of pictures. Remember to always remain in the moment during all of these events. Don't let anything ruin it for you. That carefree feeling you have right now and will continue to have this summer will pass whether you believe it or not. Adulthood crawls in quicker than you think…

You will be left with the memories of what was, never to see or speak to so many people you once genuinely had so much fun with. High school is such a unique experience and I believe many of us take it granted because it is a necessity. We look at it as a chore because of mundane things like it being boring and having to wake up so early. In the moment we fail to see how fun it actually was. It is often only afterward that we realize just what we really had in those 4 years. Admittedly, I never thought I missed much of anything about high school, and I especially never thought I would. But here I am, two years later and I'm just realizing how easy I had it. High school was hard, but when I say the real world is harder, please take my words to heart. I am a firm believer that high school, in general, is a massive bubble.

Not to say that the bubble is bad. But the bubble will break, and it's more jarring to some than others. So don't let it impact you in a negative way, be prepared for its impact and conquer it! My point is, know that high school is not supposed to be the best four years of your life, but it is a time of your life where most people have the least worries, and that is something you can't get back. Worries and stress are subjective, so of course, we all thought our lives were over multiple times in high school, but we shortly realized that was not the case.

Your last teenage years should be taken in stride. Don't wish them away for older age, enjoy them. You'll never get them back, so you might as well stay in the moment.

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