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Mace and Crown | May 24, 2018

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Dealing with Senioritis

We all remember how slowly our senior years of high school seemed to pass by, with the weekends being over in the blink of an eye.  It was only the seemingly endless hours in class that dragged on for eternity. defines senioritis as “a crippling disease that strikes high school seniors. Symptoms include: laziness, an over-excessive wearing of track pants, old athletic shirts, sweatpants, athletic shorts and sweatshirts. Also features a lack of studying, repeated absences and a generally dismissive attitude. The only known cure is a phenomenon known as graduation.”  You probably thought you would never have to endure this disease again, but senioritis can happen in college too.

There are two types of senioritis found in college students.  One type might leave you feeling like you just want to give up.  The other type might have you fearing the end of your college career where you are forced to enter the “real world.”  If you are feeling one of these don’t give up.  The finish line is near, and until then, here are some remedies to help you deal with your disease.

1.Take a “fun” class.

Most majors in college allow room for some electives of your choice, so don’t just register for some boring class that you will hate.  Use the electives to your advantage, and choose a fun class about something you’ve always been interested in.  Old Dominion University, has many different art classes that range from digital photography to metal smithing and jewelry. Don’t be afraid to try something new; a fun class can help ease the stress from all of your tedious required courses.

2. Relive your freshman year.

Of course, when I say this I only mean to a certain extent.  Remember the little things about ODU that excited you?  Relive some of those moments.  Eat lunch in the cafeteria or hang out with some friends in the library. But, don’t try riding the lion again.  Your senior year doesn’t have to be all work and no play; go experience the things you used to love.

3. Live in the moment.

It’s your senior year, and you are probably thinking about what you are going to do with your life after graduation.  It is important to have goals, and to know what you want in life, but you should focus on being “in the now.”  Today, you probably have a few classes and maybe work this afternoon before having dinner with your friends. But, be sure to enjoy the flexible life you have now before you have a regular full-time job.  College is one of the few times in life that you can live according to your own schedule.  In the real world, people make the schedule for you.  Take advantage of these days because one day, you will look back and miss them.

Now that you know some ways to cope with these final few weeks of college, go out and put them into practice.  You only have one senior year of college, so make the best of it.

By: Eryn Tolley 

Staff Writer