The drive up to Williams at the end of the summer was like any other year except for the fact that this was about to be the last time I would be making the journey as a college student. It’s quite surprising how three years went by so unexpectedly fast – ever since I was a first-year I could not wait to be a senior, and now I can’t believe that I actually am in my fourth year of college education.
In the past I had seen most of my senior friends have a blast during their senior year, and they have been missing Williams a lot since they graduated. The all-encompassing exhilaration during this past Homecoming has just proven yet again how important Williams is to its graduates of all ages and occupations. So, before my last college year actually began, I was happily (and nostalgically) preparing myself to party, goof off and reminisce about the past. Rather, senior year has brought numerous obstacles, challenges and stressful situations to both my friends and me.
The deadly disease of senioritis has struck fellow classmates and myself with symptoms including little to zero motivation to do work or study and a sudden urge to party and procrastinate. While the disease usually hits most students right when school is about to come to an end, it has been torturing our senior class for quite a while now. In some cases, a little bit of senioritis is fine and even conducive to the healthy college student, but for many, it could prove deadly.
When I got back to campus this fall, all I wanted to do was catch up with my friends who had been abroad during junior year and have fun with the great people I live with in my dorm. The only problem with goofing off and letting senioritis conquer you is the fact that, sadly, grades still matter. Similarly to many seniors’ situation, my future is uncertain, and it is starting to get more worrisome by the day. Many seniors are faced with endless job applications and interviews on top of humongous amounts of schoolwork. All of this happens while your GPA still needs to be kept as high as possible during senior year to ensure that you can graduate and hopefully and miraculously be employed before you slip into you cap and gown.
It is true that by the time senior year rolls around there are still many students who do not know exactly what they want to do. Considering that the reality is that they will be facing the real world soon enough, they need to plan for the future well in advance. Nevertheless, even students who have an idea of what their future holds need to get applications for jobs or graduate school turned in usually during fall semester. And, surprise, surprise, the heavy workload in classes does not magically disappear once we are seniors, so we must constantly find a way to juggle school while applying and figuring out our future. After all, as hard as it is to remember that simple truth, despite the fact that those applications and interviews are important for the future, seniors still need to graduate in order to get ahead.
Amidst the application frenzy, and even though the future is unsettling, seniors need to remember that college is all about balance and that having fun is a must when there is only one more year to enjoy it. I know that my college life has not always been full of fun and drinking games, but somehow I have always managed to find balance between working hard and partying hard. So why should senior year be any different? By now we should have mastered the balance between work and play since we have been doing it for the past three years, right?
What it all comes down to is that the real world is not going to be anything like college, so we, seniors, need to remember to enjoy ourselves while we still can. Enjoy the people you have around you because there is a good chance you won’t be surrounded by all of them at the same time again. The stress of senior year should not take away from anyone’s college experience. Make senior year unforgettable!