The Senioritis Struggle (or lack thereof): Part 2
Senioritis: sen·ior·i·tis: noun humorous: A supposed affliction of students in their final year of high school or college, characterized by a decline in motivation or performance.
This past October, I wrote an article on my “Senioritis Struggle” detailing how I was lacking the motivation to do much other than graduate and get on with my life. While it was an honest reflection of how I felt, it was quite pessimistic. As I get ready to graduate in about two weeks, I can truthfully say that there is no “Senioritis Struggle.”
Last semester I was impatient about knowing how my life will change post-graduation. Will I have a job? Where? What industry? What’s the job description? Where will I live? Knowing my life was going to change but not knowing how was frustrating.
Furthermore, there were elements of my college experience that I really did not want to change. I enjoy having the time to cook elaborate meals that take hours of preparation. I look forward to popping into my advisor Scott Grant’s office or stopping in to chat with my internship supervisor Leigh Esper. I love being able to call up one of my friends and meet with them on a 15-minute notice to go grab dinner. I didn’t want these things to end.
The biggest realization I had this year was in March, when I realized that while things won’t necessarily be the same post-graduation, they aren’t necessarily ending: they’re evolving. I cannot do Taco Bell Tuesday Runs with my best friends, but I get to plan my wedding with them by my side, watch them thrive in their new jobs and help them as they continue through life’s journey. While I can’t cook elaborate meals all the time, I get to expand my palate and experiment because there are new grocery stores/restaurants where I am moving. I have made amazing connections at Findlay with the faculty and staff, and I can still keep in touch and grab a coffee with them when I am back in town.
The realization that my experiences are evolving rather ending has helped with my classwork and internship work as well. I never thought I would “love” doing this in the weeks leading up to graduation, but I realize that I have a final opportunity to finish strong, make an impact and leave my legacy before departing.
“Senioritis” is a mindset. You can view it as a struggle, or you can view it as an opportunity. Don’t be mad that the chapter is ending, be excited that you get to start a new one and see your experiences and perspectives evolve even more. I am grateful that I get to ride out these last 10 days at UF, and can’t wait for the next chapter!