A crippling disease that strikes high school seniors. Symptoms include: laziness, an over-excessive wearing of track pants, old athletic shirts, sweatpants, athletic shorts, and sweatshirts. Also features a lack of studying, repeated absences, and a generally dismissive attitude. The only known cure is a phenomenon known as Graduation. (via www.urbandictionary.com)
What most people don’t know is senioritis affects college seniors just as badly, and as I would like to suggest, even worse. At least as a high school senior you’re looking forward to the magical world of college where everyone is always down to party (not really), class is optional (half true), and the full-blown independence is completely liberating (totally accurate). However, there comes a time when the parties, the town, the people, and the “optional” classes just don’t have the allure they used to. Cue senioritis. College seniors have it worse because guess what? We have nothing magical to look forward to but the real world where settling down is the norm, work isn’t optional, and independence is the cause for major panic if you’re single.
With it being November and the holiday season right around the corner, senioritis is peaking. If you’re seriously feeling the sickness that you just can’t shake, here’s 5 tips to keep your symptoms at bay until at least Finals Week:
1) Netflix Binges
Netflix is your best friend. I repeat, NETFLIX IS YOUR BEST FRIEND. At those times when all you want to do is go hide in a dark corner from all the tests and homework piled up, take a break and watch a quick, funny show such as 30 Rock or Gilmore Girls. Shows to stay away from include (but are not limited to) Breaking Bad, Orange Is The New Black, House of Cards, etc. You know why. You will get nothing done and instead of hiding in that dark corner, you will want to die in it (6 hours and Season 1 later).
2) Raging Parties
Sometimes (when you can) you’ve just got to throw responsibility to the wind for a night. Blow off some steam after a long day in class, then a long shift at work, then a long talk with your roommate while he/she complains about their hard day. Go, drink way too much, and regret nothing.
3) Drive-Thru Runs
The obvious reason why fast food restaurants are open at an ungodly hour in a college town is not because enough people eat at an ungodly hour: It’s because the only way to comfort a maniacal college student in a time of need is with food. Taco Bell, McDonalds, and Wendy’s are there for you honey. Let them help you help yourself.
4) Unaffected Friends
When the Netflix, fraternity ragers, and fries just aren’t enough, there’s always that guy or girl in your class, in your sorority or fraternity, or even your roommate that looks like they get 10 hours of sleep a night and takes a shower every day. In short, they look way better than you. Make friends with them. They will be the ones to brush your hair when you haven’t touched it in a week and remind you to eat at least one balanced meal a day that doesn’t include coffee.
5) Just Remember: The End Is Near
In the end, don’t forget that you are almost done. Think of how fast the last three, four, five years passed you by and remember the next 6 months is all you have left to go. Take time to enjoy the good days, aka days you don’t have tests, and have some fun. Before you know it, you’ll be in the real world wondering where those “optional classes” went. May the odds ever be in your favor. And don’t forget to treat yo self.
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