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Opinion

Senioritis: An Epidemic

default article imageAccording to Dictionary.com, the term “ senioritis” is define as being “a supposed affliction of students in their final year of high school or college, characterized by a decline in motivation or performance.”

I think most of us had a time in our lives whether it was in high school or college where we have just felt little to no motivation in doing schoolwork. If you are reading this and have no clue what I am talking about then kudos to you, you over achiever.

Your alarm goes off for an 8:30 class and you snooze it about ten different times. There is a whole conversation happening in your head about whether you can afford this absence or if you even care anymore since you will be off in the real world soon. The minutes start to pass and you glance at the clock, well you are late already so mine as well take the absence. Motivating yourself to go to class becomes very difficult.

The last few weeks of senior year are now among us. Graduation letters and emails are starting to take over our inboxes and we feel the pressure of finding a job and moving on from college. This at times can feel scary and make you want to enjoy the time you still have left at college.

College is a great opportunity to make new friends and create a culture where you have a whole support system away from your family and home. But, when you find that time winding down it makes you less motivated for things like going to class because you want to spend time with your friends since you won’t be with the as frequently next year.

While, I understand the struggle of senioritis being a senior myself, this has been my favorite semester academic wise while at Monmouth. If I could give people advice, I would tell you to get your major course requirements out of the way in the first three or three and a half years at college. This semester I had the freedom to pick electives and choose classes that really interest me. Every class on my schedule is one that I get excited to attend each week. Instead of dreading class I go there as an outlet to all the other stresses I have going on in my life. College is an environment where people actually listen to you and respect what you have to say. Unfortunately, life can be unfair at times and you will not always be surrounded by people who respect and value your opinions, as professors do.

While senioritis is a very real feeling, try to embrace senior year and all the feelings that come with it. Because time goes by way to fast and before you know it, your time in college will be over.

The artist Macklemore says it best in his song “Good Old Days” when the chorus says, “I wish somebody would have told me that someday, these will be the good old days.” Do not look back and remember that these are the good days, start remembering that now.

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