Dealing With 'senioritis'

By Darrel Jefferson

Most of the time when we meet doctors or professors at prestigious colleges, we are in awe, not only because they have a career that is intellectually demanding, but for the mere fact that they made it through years and years of school.

Below are a few ways to help you stay on top of your game and avoid senioritis. Goals are the best place to start when you are trying to graduate strong. You have worked hard until now, now you just need a little boost to the end. Making goals along your way are the first start for you. When setting goals, you don't need to set major goals, rather, set goals that are basically what you are already doing.

If you are continually looking at the mountain that lies before you, you will be much more likely to trip on the rocks along the way. Those rocks may be pending assignments, tests, or just studying for it all. When you stress and worry or just feel discouraged about where you are, it is hard to focus. This is why you need to take one step at a time and focus clearly on each step and goal that you make.

After several years of working towards a major goal such as getting your degree, it's hard to avoid some disinterest towards what you are doing. Trying to raise your attitude can be as easy as finding something new again to be excited about. Don't choose something that will completely distract you from your focus of graduating but choose something to help accent your studies.

If you are a mechanical engineering major, then apply your studies into some hobbies such as tinkering around with things that you have. Maybe you could make a little robot that delivers you a can of soda when you tell it to. Have fun, and enjoy the journey. College can be a fun experience. Break up the monotony with something new.

If you know someone who is sick, then its best to avoid them. Sicknesses are often contagious and spending time around those that are feeling ill can quickly lead you to feeling a little under the weather as well. Senioritis is also contagious just like any other sickness.

Make sure that each checkpoint that you reach has a reward or incentive. When you do this, it will be much easier to pick up speed to get to the next checkpoint. It is all about reaching one after the other and pretty soon you will be there with your cap and gown just gaiting across the stage to pick up that piece of paper that will lead you to a good career.

Lastly, think about the long term. Don't think that once you are graduated you are done. Rather think of it as the beginning. You will hopefully be using your accounting, programming, or event planning degree in a career. Doing well in college will ensure that your career goes more smoothly. Avoid your senioritis and you will be able to smoothly transition into your career. A smooth transition can help you in not only your career but in your life as a whole.

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