Handling “Senioritis”

I’m in my final semester of my dual degree program at Simmons University. As I’m writing this post, the semester is about 1/3 of the way through. It’s the point of the semester where I’ve had one or two assignments in every class and can see more major deadlines on my calendar. Along with taking classes, I’m working part-time at a library and working one Saturday a month at another library. Between work and classes, I’m busy four nights of the week. And of course, like all students, I’m trying to fit in some semblance of a social life. But if you’re in library school, you likely don’t need me to tell you this because you’re likely experiencing something similar where it feels like you’re pressed for time.

The time pressure is feeling even more intense for me this semester, because when it’s all said and done, I’ll have two graduate degrees and I’ll be done with school. It’s safe to say that I’ve got a sense of senioritis that’s effecting how I’m approaching the semester.

Remembering why I choose grad school

After 4.5 semesters online, I’m so grateful to be back in the classroom because I was starting to get burnt out on Zoom and online classes. I choose to attend grad school in an on-campus program because I learn best in a classroom where I feel like I’m actively engaging with my peers and my professors. This semester, I’ve found that all of my three-hour classes seem to be flying by. I’ve absolutely loved the conversations we’ve been having in my classes, and maybe it’s just me, but it seems like everyone is much more engaged.

Being back in the classroom has reminded me that I choose grad school not only to be able to enter the library field with an MLIS, but because I love learning. I’m trying to approach every assignment with the reminder that it doesn’t matter what the grade is, it matters what I get out of the assignment. I feel like I’m having more fun with each paper and each assignment. I should have probably been taking this approach to classes and assignments me entire grad school experience, but using it now is really happening with the senioritis.

Not applying for jobs

I can’t write about this without acknowledging that I’m really privileged to have part-time library work that allows me to make ends meet. I don’t feel any pressure to spend this semester to apply for full-time work. Because I’m not applying for jobs, I have a little bit more time to do things I enjoy and spend time with the people that I love. If I see a job that I really want on a job board, I might apply for it, but I’m not spending time trolling job boards for librarian positions in my area. Applying for jobs is hard and stressful, and I’m glad that I have work I like and that works well with my school schedule. It’s hard for me to write this, because I know that most people can’t take this approach and I don’t want to come across as clueless or insensitive. But I want to acknowledge how much this is helping my senioritis. I’m focusing on what I’m doing, not what I will be doing come January.

Adulting

I’m trying really hard this semester to slowly start to get better at developing routines. I’m trying to clean my house regularly, keep up with my sleep schedule, and run errands before the last minute. I don’t do all of these things every week, but I’m still trying because I know that these things will set me up for a sustainability post-grad. Plus, having food and a clean room helps with my focus and ability to actually complete my schoolwork.

If you’re at the end of your program, what are some of the things you’re doing to help combat senioritis?

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Macy Davis is in her final semester at Simmons University in the MA in Children’s Literature/MS in Library and Information Sciences dual degree program. She hiked 10 miles this past weekend and loved it, but she’s also really sore. You can find her on Twitter @bookishlybright or through her personal blog.

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  1. I have 2 more quarters left (and only in week 3 of my current 10 week quarter) so the end feels close but still so far away! I try to take my classes week by week and not think too far ahead and just do the best I can each week while balancing my family and full-time work. I’m focusing on the readings I am interested in and letting some of the readings I don’t enjoy go. Trying to keep connections going with my MLIS friends has also been important especially as an online student!

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