By Liam Bouza
It is not all in your head. Senioritis is real! The low energy, those random afternoon naps, the general sense of confusion and rising anxiety, the incomplete homework assignments, the lack of interest in getting out of bed—these are all symptoms of Senioritis.
The causes of Senioritis include boredom, sadness, fear of the unknown, the “finishline” mindset, and the exhaustion that comes with surviving four years of college.
Thankfully for all Barry graduating seniors, there are cures! The Buccaneer has compiled a list of nine ways to help seniors get over the senioritis that is brewing—and maybe even help prevent it!
1. Spring cleaning: After 4 years of college, the chances of collecting unnecessary clutter are high. Having too much clutter around you can only amplify those Senioritis symptoms. So, take a weekend to clean your dorm or at-home space to make your environment an organized oasis.
2. Choose your priorities wisely. With classes, graduate school applications, and jobs to apply to, you have to decide what is most important for you and understand that it is okay to say no to things that you may not have time for.
3. Study smarter. Break down your assignments into smaller tasks so you don’t have to cram everything into one night. Conquer one thing at a time. Spread things out and try your best not to look too far ahead.
4. Take advantage of the services provided by the school. Whether it is contacting counseling services at (305) 899- 3950 or just de-stressing at the events hosted by student life, don’t be afraid to show up. These events are created for you. You can check out events on the Corq app or on Barry’s social media.
5. Don’t ignore your feelings. Acknowledge the problem and find people who are willing to listen. Your feelings are valid, and talking them through can help you figure out what happens next.
6. Make new memories. Don’t forget: you’re still in college! Your opportunity to experience the Miami college life is slowly winding down, so make a list of all the things you want to try and make plans to explore the city with your friends.
7. Find something to be really motivated about, something that excites you and keeps you going. Establish a goal. And when you accomplish it, move the goal post. Keep moving the goal post.
8. Remember to make time for yourself. Give yourself downtime to sit, breathe, and self-reflect. Your body and your brain need a breather to avoid burnouts.
9. Persist. Persist. Persist. Don’t stop. Trust that everything is going to be okay. Keep going. Or like Dory sings, “Just keep swimming.”