You have a countdown of the days left until graduation. You may have started this countdown at the beginning of the school year or just started counting at spring semester. However, now with the changes in schooling, the countdown seems pointless or even generates frustration and/or sadness, due to the fact that you may not have a graduation ceremony at all. Regardless of the changes, the days are passing by slowly or insanely fast, depending on how you want to view it. You are definitely in the home stretch.
You are very aware of which classes count attendance and each one you can cut without getting marked down. While this isn’t just a senioritis symptom–I experienced this throughout my previous years in college–it has only gotten worse with the increase of laziness to attend classes, definitely if the power points, notes, and/or recordings of the class are posted on blackboard.
You have a lot of conflicting feelings when it comes to your college career-ending. From the crazy parties and cherished friendships to countless hours of homework and studying, it is very common to be unsure of how to feel when it grows closer to the end. While this mix of feelings commenced at the beginning of the year, the jumbled feelings have only increased due to the drastic decline of social activities available since the virus. Now you are just stuck with endless homework and social distancing to motivate you to finish out your education strong.
You get upset when an underclassman complains about how the virus has ruined their freshmen/sophomore year. Like come on! They aren’t the ones that are losing their last full semester of college. And on top of that it is spring semester, which most people agree to be the better semester between the two. Spring semester is comprised of darties (day parties), senior week activities, and graduation. Furthermore, the majority of the population becomes friendlier and seem to be in a lot better mood with the warm weather. It must be the seasonal depression slowly decreasing.
You put little effort into your physical appearance when it comes to classes, walking around campus, or even social events. As a freshman, people wanted to look their best for every class and wanted to impress their peers, to a certain extent. However, now you pretty must know everyone in your major classes and have lost the drive to pretend that you have your life together. And your motivation has decreased even more with the online classes to the point that you look like you woke up ten minutes before your class and are still in bed in your PJ’s, which is most likely 100 percent accurate.
Your note-taking skills have decreased. You probably have gotten a lot better at note-taking since high school through trial and error or even through the required Bridges course as a freshman. However, due to the effects of senioritis, you tend to just follow along on the PowerPoint notes while searching the web, playing on your phone or completing an assignment due for the next class. This distracted way of learning has only gotten easier through the online classes since you are able to turn off your videocam during the meetings or just put your phone out of the view of the screen.
You develop short-term memory loss. It tends to come into play when remembering the due dates of projects or bigger assignments. In previous years, you would have all of the assignments highlighted and written down on your planner by the first week of the semester. However, with this condition, you tend to forget about an assignment a week after being assigned.
When you are sick, you take the sick day without hesitation, compared to when you were a freshman or sophomore when you would still go to class in worry of missing information and feeling behind. However, as a senior, you are well aware that cutting a class here and there won’t put you too far behind. You also know which classmates you can text to get the notes from, or where to look for the class recording to watch on your own time.
You view sick days as more than just being physically ill. You have gotten preached to over the years regarding mental health, and you take advantage of a mental health day once in a while. However, for some reason, you seem in need of these mental health days more frequently compared to the previous years.
You view energy drinks and a granola bar as a well-balanced meal which you tend to have once or twice a day, depending on how busy or lazy you are, then maybe you can fit in more of these meals. This diet may be due to constantly running late to class, aka waking up late from a nap, not caring as much about fully nourishing your body, or having little energy to make a full meal; either way, you are getting some calories for your twelve-hour day and that seems good enough.
Even though senioritis is inevitable, senioritis, like coronavirus, is curable. Well, maybe not completely curable of all symptoms, but some symptoms can be cured through practicing better time management skills, increasing use of caffeine, taking a nap when between online class meetings and completing your assignments before the weekend so you don’t hate your Sundays.
Even though senioritis can seem like it’s taking over your life, remember to take a breath every hour, substitute a sandwich for a granola bar at least once a day, and appreciate the time you have left before it is all over. Don’t let this condition, senioritis or the corona virus, get the best of you or your diploma.