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How Not to Burn Out After Submitting All of Your Applications

November 14, 2015

by Ahtiya Liles

It’s inevitable. It’s almost your last semester of high school, your classes are getting on your last nerve and you’ve submitted all of your college applications. Now what?

If you’re anything like me, the urge to sit down and never get back up is about to hit. And when it does, you may be left with a huge case of a nasty syndrome called: Senioritis.

I’m not a doctor, but Senioritis seems to affect a particular age range: high school and college seniors. Senioritis is when you basically just stop caring. Classes don’t seem worth your time, homework might become optional, and that last semester just seems unnecessary and annoying as you await the start of your life as a college student. These are the common signs that you or a loved one is being affected by Senioritis.

I find that the people most likely to be hit by Senioritis are the workaholics. It can be tempting to just give in to Senioritis. I know I’ve done it.

I get it. Trust me, I do. Working and keeping ourselves busy is how we control our circumstances and predict the future. We get it all done in a crunched timespan by choice, so there’s no chance of forgotten emails or deadlines or stress later on. We underestimate our productivity and we strive to do even more. It’s in our genetics and it’s something we think we can’t turn off, but really, we should.

The main thing you can do to avoid being hit by the deadly Senioritis is taking a “chill pill.” Take a breather. Don’t be so worried that it won’t get all done. It will – and probably because you’ll take a chill pill for ten minutes and get back to it.

Take this from someone who, as a sophomore in college, is still going, going, going. I know what’s on my plate, and I have to keep reminding myself that it’ll all get done. Senioritis hit me hard my spring semester of my senior year in high school, and it was because I had been running like a motorboat non-stop for three and a half years.

If you can’t remember the last time you watched your favorite show, listened to your favorite artist, thought about your favorite person, been outside for more than thirty minutes, or seen daylight, you’re at a higher risk of getting Senioritis, and you should take a chill pill right now.

I promise you: IT WILL ALL GET DONE, but your future progress will come to a complete halt if you let Senioritis get to you now. Think of this as a favor you’re doing for your future self, and I can guarantee that you’ll thank yourself later.