Senioritis avoidable through better scheduling, motivation

Opinions Columnist | Public relations senior

Seniors should be weary of letting senioritis get the best of their final year.

As one college senior stated in a 2011 U.S. News & World Report article, senioritis is a general apathy toward schoolwork that is developed after years of schooling at an institution. I have caught myself doing it and have seen classmates lackadaisically walking into class doing it.

Students should not carry this lack of motivation into the job market. Senioritis is a very real struggle that has potential to formulate bad habits that future employers will not applaud. Students should try to go out with a bang toward the end of their college career. Sneaking through senior year caring more about a fun social life than their future after college does not bode well for future endeavors.

Senior year is a time to grind out the A’s and self-promote, not go for one last crazy college ride. There is more to college life than debauchery and forming friendships. The most significant part of college is getting an education to secure a career and future. Oftentimes college students seem to set their priorities askew.

There are a few ways seniors can avoid giving in to the slump of senioritis. Planning is one of the best ways to stay ahead of the college life. Simply staying organized with a planner or calendar can help students manage the right amount of time between school, work and friends. Free student planners are given out at the beginning of every semester in the student bookstore. Students need only take 5-10 minutes out of their day planning for the weeks to come.

Seniors, if they have not already, should find motivation by taking advantage of the other life-changing experiences college has to offer. Students should study abroad or partake in an internship to avoid the boring routine of classes. This will look well on a resume and allows students to learn more about themselves.

Finally, visiting the career center can help seniors motivate themselves for interviews after college. It is a great plus that Texas State has a career center that will help students build resumes and confidence for life after college. Seniors should take advantage of all these opportunities that are seemingly handed to Texas State students. 

Senioritis does not only affect seniors. The symptoms of senioritis, procrastination and laziness, very much take part in freshmen’s, sophomores’ and juniors lives’. It is just as important to get a good start as it is to finish strong. Freshmen should not allow themselves to develop these bad habits because they truly die hard. Underclassmen should prepare for senioritis by not condoning procrastination.

I have seen the disappointment in professors’ faces when the potential of a student is overcast by indifference. The last thing a senior wants is to be held back one more semester because of a failed class. This is a heartbreaking thing but can be easily avoided if the mindset is to finish strong, not meander along.