Just keep swimming

The sweatpants, skipping class, ignoring small assignments, last minute studying and overall lack of motivation can be described as senioritis. During the final year of school, drive is lost. Students that are graduating this Fall 2016 semester have made it through this terrible illness. Those who are graduating in 2017 may have a hard battle of senioritis to face.

Alec Wilber, a graphic design major at UAA, will be graduating in the spring of 2017 after one final semester of school.

“You really just want to be done reading, writing and stressing about homework,” Wilber said. “You think of what you could rather be doing and anything at all seems better than writing that paper.”

It is easy to lose concentration during those long lectures when there are important tasks that need to be done in order to plan for the future. Maria Lilly, journalism and communications major with a concentration in strategic communications, graduating in spring 2017, faces some of the symptoms of senioritis.

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With the fall semester coming to an end, seniors graduating in the spring must dig deep, persevere, and fight senioritis to finish their college careers strong. Photo credit: Young Kim

“Senioritis has contributed to a difficulty focusing in my classes, there is just so much to plan for and think about beyond school,” Lilly said. “I am not just planning for future semesters now, I am planning for a job search, moving, health care and so many other things.”

There are three types of students when it comes to studying. The student that studies and prepares weeks in advance, the one who studies the night before, and the one who does not study at all. However, whichever type of studying student you may be can be subjected to change as the years go on.

“I didn’t study much when I was a freshman, now when I do study, I have the option of getting drunk during, which is nice,” Wilber said.

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After finishing the GERs and other prerequisites, the final semesters of college can be more enjoyable.

“I study more now that I am in my upper division classes,” Caitlin Alzono, a philosophy major graduating in fall 2017, said. “I enjoy what I am reading much more than what I first started with as a freshman.”

In the final stages of college, students reflect on lessons, mistakes and experiences made over the years.

“Honestly, I wouldn’t change anything about my academic career,” Lilly said. “There are moments I wish my GPA were better or I had changed my major sooner, but when I think about it, college has been a time of personal growth and academic improvement.”

The excitement of being so close to graduating can be overwhelming while also being a great motivator to those with graduation in the near future.

“I am so excited to graduate next semester, I feel like I am ready and excited for the transitions in life coming up,” Lilly said. “I’m thrilled by the prospect of life beyond school when school gets stressful, I try to take time to just breathe, think and refocus on my goal.”

To those seniors reaching their last final semesters, let the graduates of fall 2017 be your motivators. Soon enough it will be you wearing the cap and gown walking in the graduation ceremony. So embrace the sweatpants, the late nights of studying, no sleep and endless amounts of energy drinks. It will all be over soon.