Senioritis: A Crippling Disease

By: Chelcie Gilliard



Along with cold and flu season comes another disease that news outlets rarely discuss. You don’t know you have it until you check your syllabus and are reminded that you have an assignment due in a week and by then it’s too late. What is this debilitating disease that affects so many college students every year? Senioritis.

Senioritis is defined as, “a supposed affliction of students in their final year of high school or college, characterized by a decline in motivation or performance”.

Mostly affecting those graduating in December and May, senioritis is a ruthless disease that attacks the motivation sensors in the brain leaving the affected sluggish and lazy. A simple task like going to class, soon becomes a treacherous and strenuous activity. The goals list you made in September declaring 4.0s and early submissions, is now crumpled at the bottom of your backpack.

Symptoms include:

  • Hitting the snooze button at least 5 times before getting up for a 10:20 class
  • A care deficiency, usually characterized by the amount of shrugging you do in a day
  • Saying “I can do it tomorrow” over the course of several “tomorrows”
  • Nostalgia for spring/summer when you had no responsibilities
  • Mountains of empty Redbull cans and Starbucks cups from finishing 10 page papers the morning it’s due

Think you have senioritis? Don’t fret! There are ways to battle Senioritis that’ll save your GPA and stimulate your mind!

Take care of yourself! Take a personal day. Turn your phone off, pop some popcorn and catch up on some Netflix (I recommended Master of None – great show). Paint something, play the Sims, do yoga. Whatever it is, concentrate on that and take the time to forget about term papers and homework.

Stay organized! Write down all the assignments you have left to do. There’s something so satisfying about crossing things off a list. Or buy a really nice planner. The nicer it is the more organized you’ll be (not scientifically proven but not scientifically false either).

Think about your future! That job you’ve been dreaming of, that big studio apartment in New York City, that moment when you won’t have to worry about homework! Think of that to keep you motivated. You can’t reach those goals without finishing your senior year on a positive note.

Graduate! The only real cure for senioritis is graduating. But you can’t graduate if you spent the year not doing work and barely passing classes. Unless you want to be super-super-super senior and in that case you might as well get a Master’s degree.


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