Something that a few of us have not heard in about four years has been the term “senioritis.” This is a phenomenon where seniors in high school and/or college lose interest or motivation in completing their studies.
Senioritis usually kicks in during the final semester for high school students, but what about for college students? I am a third-year senior and a growing concern for me is what comes after graduation. I am sure that I am not the only one with concerns about graduating and what happens thereafter. College senioritis differs from the high school version in one big way for most students: no more education after graduation. Many who are about to graduate will be going into the workforce trying to start the next stage of their lives. No more classes, homework, projects, lectures, etc… sounds great right?
Well, when this routine is basically all you have known for the majority of your life, it may be hard to transition into life beyond education. Life as a graduate is what many call, and dread, the “adult life.”
There are a few things that may be helpful for those getting ready to make that transition. The earlier you do these things the better. Tip number one: Start planning now. By this point most of us know what career field and area of interest we want to pursue. Start looking in those areas for jobs or more serious internships. It is never too early to polish up your resume and make sure all of your college accomplishments are up to date.
The next tip is to get organized, which can take multiple forms. For you, this may mean getting work information and resumes organized in folders, with copies printed out ready to be handed to potential employers. This can also mean getting your life organized, cleaning up your living area, starting to make a daily schedule, or even organizing your closet. When you have all of your ducks in a row, it is easier and more fun to enjoy new beginnings.
Another great thing to do is to start or keep networking. Just because you graduated does not mean you should stop trying to create opportunities for yourself. After college you may find yourself with some free time, so use that time to try new things and meet new people that may result in great opportunities.
Lastly, but most importantly: Remember how far you have come. Graduating from college is a major achievement that should be celebrated. Be proud of all of the hard work you put in to get to this point. Be proud of the late nights in the library far after Gilberts has closed, and the study groups you were a part of in order to do well on your exams. By staying organized and looking ahead to the next season, senioritis can be overcome for your best semester yet.