One week of slacking can soon turn into a semester of neglect
I’m not quite sure how I caught it so quickly, but I did. About a month into this last year of college I caught a deadly bug. Senioritis.
If you believe that Senioritis is not an actual problem, I’m sure the majority of CU seniors would have to disagree with you. This bug catches on quickly and harshly, leaving few undamaged survivors.
It starts off simply enough, one or two things that put you a little behind, and snowballs from there.
It started for me by catching strep throat and being out of school, work and real life for a week. It was a lovely week of not moving from the couch, not thinking about homework, simply because I couldn’t think. I watched almost my whole movie collection and slept though most of it. I also started watching past seasons of “Friends.”
That was a bad idea.
In a little over a month, I have just finished the seventh season of “Friends,” Chandler and Monica just got married. I just wish Ross and Rachel could work it out and Joey finally has a good part on “Days of Our Lives” again. Growing up with them was a blast, I’m sad I only have three more seasons with them.
Despite my love for “Friends,” I still managed to make it to most of my classes. This does not include my 8 a.m. class I have twice a week. I’m still not sure exactly what I was thinking last April when I signed up for it. Lucky me, it’s an elective and I should pass it. I should.
After relaxing for that week, I was far enough behind to get a little frustrated. Catching up is a horrible thing to try to do once Senioritis sets in. It’s like trying to teach an old lazy dog new complex tricks. It just doesn’t happen without time and effort. Neither of which the old lazy dog will do.
The old lazy dog decided that instead of catching up she wants to go out and play like she always has: bar-hopping with coworkers, going to an NLCS Rockies game, amazing Halloween parties and relaxing with her older friends who aren’t in school any more and don’t have to worry about this nonsense called homework.
Facebook, MySpace, YouTube and instant messaging are just a few issues that would get in the way of any type of actual work. Getting on the Internet to do “research” turns into updating your profile, stalking your friends and finding videos of cats flying off a ceiling fan into a wall that have you laughing for hours.
Most students don’t end up liking the major they are in anyway, but by the time it’s figured out, it’s too late.
This adds to the existing lack of motivation. If you don’t like what you are studying, why put the effort in? Oh I know why, I want to graduate in May. If I don’t pass my classes this semester, I’ll still be in school. Yikes.
Would this freak a Senioritis patient out? Probably not.
Most likely they won’t really notice, until they realize in April they forgot to fill out a graduation card and they don’t a have their name in the program or a diploma. That might be a problem.
It’s like a necessary evil. But it would be easier without it.
Senioritis can happen to anyone. Be careful and protect yourself.
Oh, did I forget to mention that it took me a month to finally start writing this?
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