College Senioritis And How To Deal With It

The Lowdown on Senioritis at College

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High schoolers aren't the only ones who contract senioritis. It afflicts college seniors too. At the college level, senioritis isn’t just a response to years of pressure and hard work, there may also be a sizable element of fear. While high school seniors want graduation to come all the more quickly, so they can get out, some college seniors are perfectly happy staying exactly where they are.

  • Graduation Fears: The cloistered walls of academia offer security and a sense of community. With graduation, that’s coming to an end. Unlike high school, where the next step was college, now it’s a potential blank. What happens next? Grad school? A career? For some 20somethings, especially those who have waited until senior year to consider the future, that can be a very scary prospect. Discussing the future and encouraging your college kid to make post-graduation plans is a critical step that needs to start as early as possible.
  • Best Years: Be aware, too, that all those relatives and family friends who have been telling your child that college was the best four years of their lives, are really depressing him. If these are the best years, then what lies ahead are six decades of not-as-good. So, it's high time to start emphasizing the joys of adulthood, the pleasures of your 20s and 30s, and of building a career and a home. And a rueful "Wow, Auntie Muriel must have blown it if everything's been downhill since Econ 101" may help.
  • Burn Out: And finally, your senior may be merely burned out. Taking a lighter load during that final semester may help, if he can swing it credit-wise, as will including some just-for-fun pursuits. College is a great time to mix a little photography, samba dancing and art history in with the biochem.