With graduation being in just a few short months, some seniors on Spring Hill College’s campus are experiencing a different type of sickness: senioritis.
The pseudo sickness targets seniors as they endure the last stretch of a grueling four-year-long battle to achieve their degree. As graduation inches closer and closer, many students are in dire need of a break and are looking forward to finally leaving behind their academic careers and instead transfer into the real-world environment.
Christopher Daffin, a senior at Spring Hill claimed that he found it very difficult sometimes to go to class. When questioned why he felt this way he responded, “For me, I find it hard to go to class because for a whole semester and a half, I didn’t have to. I didn’t realize how little time it took to build up a habit. Also, I think in general, seniors are more likely to slack off during the last semester of senior year. Most of us have gotten accepted to graduate school or have jobs already, so there’s a sense of just coasting until graduation.”
When asked if he is looking forward to life after college, Daffin noted that he loved it here, “but I feel like it’s time to move on with the knowledge and growth I’ve gained here. I’m ready to show the world why Jesuit education is so valued.”
Many professors have also noticed the uptick in senior absences. Dr. Stephanie Callan, a professor in the English department stated that although she does not teach any seniors this year, she has heard from other professors that “seniors in their classes are experiencing senioritis in a 200-level class, which is a core subject.” This could definitely raise concerns for many of the professors teaching core classes, as they are requirements for graduation.
However Dr. Callan has noticed that in upper-level classes, which she usually teaches, students do not suffer too much from senioritis. Rather, she has noted that “They (seniors) aren’t always performing up to their potential, but it’s more on the level of getting a B on an assignment when I know they are capable of getting an A if they put more into it.”
She also adds that one of the best ways to combat seniors missing class is to “regularly take attendance, and have writing assignments and quizzes in class so my students know they can’t miss a bunch of class and still get a good grade.”
Spring Hill is not an anomaly in regards to senioritis, as schools across the nation work to help those who are experiencing the decline in their school work as they near graduation. Thus, many academic advisors have created some valuable tools that allow seniors who struggle to find the motivation to stay on track and finish the year strong.
“Senioritis is most often characterized by a loss of motivation,” said Hillary Smith, an academic advisor with SNHU. “Symptoms of senioritis students should watch out for include a drop in grades, not completing assignments, procrastination, and loss of interest in studies. You might even start skipping class or turning in work that is subpar.”
Smith also said senioritis may strike “when you know you’re going to pass a class, and if you’ve lost all motivation, you may not care if you pass with an A or with a D.”
She also describes some of the best ways to combat senioritis. “One of the most important tools is to set both short and long-term goals ahead of time and believe it or not, taking a break to recharge may also help you remain focused for longer periods of time. It also helps to change your study location every once and a while to feel recharged by new surroundings.
All in all, it is important for seniors to realize that in just a few short months, they will be lifted from the burden of school work, and advance on to a new period of their life. So it is imperative for them to work hard and finish strong.