How to avoid coming down with a case of senioritis


By Jessica Jenks

A vaccine for the ailment commonly referred to as senioritis does not yet exist. Students must rely on home remedies, witchcraft and the self-medication secrets of seniors past.

I have had a long bout with this dreaded illness of the mind. I was diagnosed with a full-blown case of it at the beginning of my sophomore year of college. I thought I was in remission from senior year of high school, but the disease had once again taken over my mind.

I have spent hours upon hours researching this while procrastinating homework to bring you the most comprehensive, sure-fire way to treat senioritis. Remember this is a treatment, not a cure, and I am not a doctor.

If you are unsure if you are suffering from senioritis, symptoms include, moderate to severe procrastination, the sudden ability to completely rationalize said procrastination, the loss of wanting to attend class combined with the inability to see why attending class is necessary in the first place, and sudden paralysis and loss of focus when attempting to begin any type of homework.

I recommend partaking in some sort of activity to take your mind off of school. “When burnt out on school, I meditate and listen to Yanni,” said senior communications major Timothy Lydon.

This should only be done for a few hours at most; homework does not just do itself.

“I play video games and watch TV,” said senior communications major Richard T. Nelson III .

Video games can be a dangerous way to lead to further procrastination. Be careful, and choose your game wisely. Exercising is a great way to relieve stress and improve your mood.

A healthy dose of perspective always helps refocus vision and place it back on graduation. Four years is not that long of a time. Sometimes it can seem like forever, but suddenly four years becomes three months, despite the fact that those last three may be the longest three months of your life.

Remember that learning can actually be enjoyable. Plus, the more you know, the easier it is to destroy someone in an argument. Maybe I just get in a lot of arguments, but all I do is win. Winning feels good. I wouldn’t be able to win if I did not know what I was talking about.

Sleep helps. If you can find time to sleep, do it. Rest your brain; I am sure it is tired. Thinking clearly and the general ability to function as a human being is easier after a solid nap or a good night’s sleep.

My final words of wisdom are stolen from the wise old Nike slogan: “Just Do It.” That is the only way to beat senioritis because it is the only way you will no longer be a senior.

When you are exhausted, just do what needs to be done. It is just school. You have been doing it for more than a decade. What’s a few more months?