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Staving off Senioritis: 8 Tips to Avoid Burnout for College Seniors

Posted by Christopher LeBlanc on Sep 21, 2015 11:03:00 AM

If you’re a college student stepping into your junior or senior year, and you’ve never heard of “senioritis,” you’re lucky.

But don’t be fooled. Academic burnout is a real phenomenon that is especially prevalent among students with jobs, heavy extracurricular loads, and high-stress internships.

When you’re tired, weary, and burned out your responsibilities as a student begin to weigh on you.

Fortunately, you’re not alone in your late school blues. We’ve compiled eight tips to help you keep or regain your focus as your college years come to a close. 



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1. Take a break

Everyone needs an occasional breather. You need to find a way to remove yourself from school and work. Even if it’s just taking a weekend to explore Boston, take time to unplug and unwind.

2. Change your perspective

It may sound cliché, but reality is perception. If you see your surroundings in a negative light, you’ll react negatively.

Try to get a fresh perspective on your remaining time in college. You’re closer to graduation now than you’ve ever been. Now is the time to appreciate what is left of your college years.

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3. Take in a comedy show

Laughter may not be the best medicine… but it’s pretty good to help you let loose when you get too stressed. Boston has plenty of options for you to take in a show.

4. Learn to say "no"

If you’re like a lot of bootstrapping college students, it’s probably difficult for you to say “no” to someone who asks you to take on a project.

There’s nothing wrong with a strong work ethic. But if you bite off more than you can chew, you’re not going to perform any one task to your fullest potential.


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5. Prioritize

Much in line with learning how to and when to say “no,” you’ve got to prioritize your tasks. As a fulltime student your job is to be the best student possible. This means you should devote more time, energy, and focus into your studies than nearly anything else.

Although each student’s home life is unique, your current job is not as important to your future as your degree. Learn now. Work later.


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6. Rest

As a young adult, you need seven to eight hours of sleep per night at a bare minimum. Your ability to retain information, your physical health, and your emotional wellbeing will suffer if you don’t get proper sleep.

7. Exercise

A healthy body breeds a healthy mind. There is also plenty of science that suggests physical fitness is tied to the ability to retain information … the endorphin rush you’ll get from a good workout is an added benefit.



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8. Try something new

Try something new: These are your last days as a college student. Getting mired in the daily minutia of school and work can make you feel stress more acutely.

But if you make an effort to experience something new each week, it can break up the monotony and give you even more positive memories of your time in college.


Although burnout can be difficult to escape for a lot of students as they approach graduation, following a few of these tips can help you to ward off “senioritis” and enjoy your last few semesters in school.

 For more information on how to balance work and school life, click the link below to download Fisher College's free eBook.

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