I miraculously avoided “senioritis” when I was finishing my bachelor’s degree. However, as I complete my last semester of my master’s program, I’ve come down with an exceptionally severe case. So severe in fact, that I unfortunately didn’t realize how bad it was until it was almost too late.
Because of the severity of my case, the treatment and recovery have been harsh as well. The first step was to spend over 12 hours this past weekend at a local coffee shop—and at least another solid 8 hours this upcoming weekend. The amount of coffee I’ve consumed and the ridiculous amount of time I have spent in the same chair put me in a position where I can now pinpoint the regulars who frequent the shop to get their caffeine fix.
My family laughs at me as I trudge out of the house with a 20-pound backpack filled with books, computers and cords, and other necessary study supplies. They laugh some more when I walk back in for a lunch break and lay on the floor pitying myself, and they laugh even harder as I hug my dog goodbye and walk back out again. And who is the person laughing the hardest? My brother, of course. He’s the person I’ve spent the past three years routinely mocking about procrastinating and poor study habits.
I know my “illness” it is self inflicted. And yes, I know I have no one to blame but myself. But it happened so fast. I thought I had it all under control and all of a sudden I was in trouble. In an effort to make myself feel better, I’m writing my post this week to hopefully discourage anyone else from meeting the same fate as myself. Please—I beg of you– learn from my mistakes.
- As tempting as it is to binge watch “Charmed”, your conscience will thank you if you read and take notes on at least two articles between every episode.
- As wonderful as reading a good book sounds, you will enjoy it even more if you write two pages of your paper between each relaxing chapter.
- As amazing as it sounds to take a quick nap, you will sleep even better if you complete an assignment before you lay your head on the pillow.
- As alluring as it sounds to practice your calligraphy, it might be a better idea to work on your putting your references in APA format first.
Essentially, don’t forget that even though you are almost done, hang in there for a few more weeks. Believe me, the light at the tunnel is near. So near, that I can almost feel the weight of my diploma in my hand. Remind yourself that you will only be a student for another few weeks. You’ve put in an amazing amount of effort in already. Stay strong, study hard and don’t let yourself take your eyes off of the prize.
This post is part of the Emerging SA Pro series following 4 awesome people: Alexandria, Doug, Emily, and Alexander, as they blog monthly about 1 year of their journey as either a new SA Pro or SA grad student. We are proud to help them share their stories as they break into our field.
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