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Senioritis: that thing that preys on high schoolers in their last few months of high school after about three and a half years of blood, sweat, tears, and lots of coffee.

However, for a lot of people, senioritis doesn’t just stop after graduation, oh no. If no one stops it, the apathy experienced at the end of high school can linger even into college.

So how can you get through the college transition with a bang?

Make yourself busy as you step onto your new college campus.

Yes, you’re already going to be busy trying to get along with your new roommates, trying to be (exhaustingly) friendly to all the new people you meet, and attending all sorts of orientations that help you get situated. But apart from the social situation, make sure you remember that you’re beginning freshman year again, so you have to re-build yourself from the ground up. Although you may have been in a fantastic position when you were applying for colleges, chances are, the only person who will know that in college is yourself. Remember your freshman year of high school when you wanted all the friends and all the teachers to love you? Here it comes again, in a less angsty and more exciting form!

Shop for classes.

basically means to plan ahead based on your graduation requirements, but it can also be a lot of fun. Usually, gen-eds/core classes allow you to choose from a selection of courses that meet their requirements, and since there’s normally a small add/drop period for classes, it’s pretty easy to drop a class that doesn’t fit your interests and pick up something else that meets the same requirement but might be more interesting for you. This keeps you busy, but also keeps you thinking about your interests which is something that could eventually rid you of some stress when you’re thinking of your major.

Do something you always wanted to do, but never had the chance to do before.

Like everyone says, college is an entirely new world in which you have the opportunity to pursue pretty much anything, which is awesome stuff. After college, I picked up a new, unconventional sport I never really even considered doing in high school, and it made the college experience even more exciting for me. Doing new things is always exciting and a great thing to do to get rid of that senioritis apathy!

Make the right friends.

Now this sounds like an age-old mantra: you are who your friends are. But I’m talking about academically. Make sure you have friends with a diverse array of majors. It can be tempting for a pre-med to just make friends with pre-meds, but trust me; speaking from experience, it’s nice to have a break and can be interesting for a science major to hang out with a history buff or a business woman. I’ve also found it cool to discuss my career interests with people and hear what others have to say about their own interests. As cheesy as it sounds, hearing other people’s life goals has tremendously helped me shape mine and motivated me to work harder than I ever have.

Making the right friends in that way can help you de-stress so that you can focus on academics with friends who are going through the same classes and professors, but when you need a break, you can go talk to people who aren’t going to nag you about the next sociology paper. That way, you can act like your lazy, senior self with some of your friends, but you still have those fellow peers to keep you on track!

It’s also important to stop using senioritis as an excuse.

A lot of high school seniors have a lot of free time and just feel like they can blame senioritis for what they do with it (such as not writing the paper that’s due tomorrow). But in college, remembering that you are immediately expected to be more responsible for yourself can go a long way in self-motivating and curing that senioritis hangover.

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Priyanka is going into her sophomore year at Fordham University as a Psychology major on the pre-med track. When she's not living inside her textbooks, she enjoys debating whether or not she should minor in this or that, biking (when she isn't being attacked by pollen) and playing tennis recreationally. While still making full use of her Netflix account (Doctor Who, Grey's Anatomy, and Star Trek anyone?) and tumblr, she also proudly bears a reputation as a workaholic with a proclivity for parentheses (oops).

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