After three plus years of college, senior year feels like a lot of the same. Same classes, same food, same people. The senior slump of college is so real. It's easy to be sick of the same old same old. Freshmen start to look younger, you know every shortcut around campus, you know which evil professors to avoid, how to get coffee from the caf for free, and you may even realize you've been eating the same wrap for lunch every day for years now.
Basically, you've learned every trick in the book. It's easy to forget the amazing times you once had and try to speed right through the remaining months of your college experience. We're a little older and a little lazier, but it never hurts to remember to seize the day. Even so, anyone who's lived through their last year in college knows that when it comes to the senior slump, these thoughts are almost too real.
As a senior, it's so hard to care about EVERY single grade you receive. There is a voice in the back of your head reminding you that you will probably graduate anyway. And that you only have to put your GPA on your resume for like, a couple years. If you have had a long night before a big quiz or just don't get along with your group for a group project, calculating your potential lowest grade and coping with it will have to do for now. Pro tip: put all your grades into an Excel doc, so you can calculate potential scores for on an assignment and how it will affect your overall grade.
What's one class? How much could you really be missing? It's hard to muster up the energy to go to a class. Especially if a class doesn't take attendance, getting out of bed or skipping a fun activity with your friends is almost impossible to pass up. Some mornings you can just feel in your gut that it will be a skip day.
Senior year = a year of lasts. Your last first day, your last tailgate, your last snow day, your last midterm exams. Almost every activity is an opportunity to be nostalgic about it being the last time. Don't let these moments pass you by. It may seem small and insignificant, but even the littlest things like buying school supplies for the last time are something you will always remember.
Syllabus week doesn't even count, right? Teachers hand out a packet with your schedule of work that you'll worry about later. For now, don't even bring a pen to class, and plan on getting out early. There are even a few kids that will drop in or out of the class, so you're ahead of the game just for showing up.
The freshmen seem to look younger and younger as time goes on. It may be hard to believe you were that young when you started college, but you were. When you see a kid wandering around the quad looking lost, or sporting that sick lanyard, you'll definitely reminisce about how long ago it was that you too couldn't find the right building, the right classroom, or the right dorm. If you're feeling friendly, help that kid out. They can probably use a little direction.
Sleep becomes more and more important as you get older. Somehow you made it to freshman year 8 AM classes alive, but now that just won't fly. When planning your schedule, you totally won't sign up unless it's well past a late snooze. Who cares if it means taking winter classes? You WILL NOT have a class before 11 AM. Even when you think your classes start "late," they'll never be late enough.
Is there a special someone you see on campus every week but have never approached? Do you know their name, stalk them on social media, and fantasize about casually asking them to get a drink one night? You've probably promised yourself that you'll talk to this person "one day," but as your time in college is slowly ticking by, you wonder if that dream will ever really become a reality. Now's your time... who knows if you'll ever see them again? Maybe they've been checking you out in the library, too!
After a long day of essays and studying, daydreaming about quitting school to become a famous pop star is a nice escape. While you don't want lose sight of your real dreams and goals, hearing stories about how the most successful people dropped out of college isn't helpful when you feel swamped with commitments. Trust us... it will pass, and you'll be glad you stuck it out. Plus, you're so close to the finish line!
How many times can you eat the SAME wrap from the SAME spot on campus? Even if you don't live on campus, you're probably guilty of eating in the cafeteria far more often than you should. Even off campus, you've probably fallen into a pretty stringent routine. If the deli knows your order by heart or you're a rewards member at your local pizza place, chances are you are sick of the same meal. Even with the additions of delivery services like Grubhub or Uber EATS, there will just never be enough options.
While music bumping all night long is exciting at first, after years of listening to the same techno dance music until the wee hours of the morning, it gets kinda old. Frats just never seem to sleep, and the party goes on no matter what. Investing in noise canceling headphones or earplugs is the only way to survive — even if it does make you feel like an eighty-year-old woman — because they aren't turning the volume down anytime soon.
Did you buy a whole new wardrobe before freshman year? Well, gone are the days where you dressed up in cute outfits and put on makeup for class. For now, whatever you slept in the night before with a big sweatshirt will have to do. If you're lucky, workout clothes will make the cut. Mostly whatever is clean will win out... who are you trying to impress, anyway?
Exploring the restaurants around campus was thrilling when it was all new, but the best meal now is one that comes to you. Anything that lets you stay in sweatpants all day and never leave the house is the perfect deal. And, no one is judging if the only human interaction you have is with the delivery man.
There are some people you know will be your friends for life. But, then there are those inbetween-ers, like acquaintances or class friends. Make sure to get contact info for all the people you want in your life, because after graduation there's no telling who will be around and who you may never see again. A scary thought, but the real world is real.
The younger you are, the more organized your notes are...it's a fact! Freshman year was the time for color-coordinated notes and beautifully made study guides. By now, you're lucky if you even remember a notebook. Make friends with the younger kids in your classes, because chances are they will be super organized and help you out when the first tests come around.
Just when you thought you were all done with work, you realize the real world is slowly creeping up on you. Applying for jobs is a headache and a half, and makes applying for college look like a dream. Stay organized, talk to your school's career center and know that it will be over soon!
Like we said, applying for jobs is the w.o.r.s.t. How are you supposed to have a CEO's experience with an intern's track record?! Beef up your resume as best as you can. If you have nothing to add, it's not too late to become involved in clubs or organizations on campus.
You know all those cute graduation photoshoots you see every year? Well, now it's your turn. But the morning of graduation, you'll realize that those big square contraptions are not your best fashion statement. They'll squish your hair, cut off your forehead, be the least flattering for your face shape, and are just overall not the best accessory. But wear it with pride... you worked hard to earn it!
In the end, senior year is a time to reflect and look back on all the amazing memories of college. Four years in an amazing place that has taught you so much. Spend time with your friends (who knows where you'll all end up after the job hunt), hang out on your campus and get involved in everything so you have no regrets. You'll soon realize that you never, ever want to leave.
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