A Tragic Desease Has Hit

Sick3-1vhoyqfYou email your teacher to tell them you won’t be in class because you’re feeling under the weather. Awww. We’re so sorry to hear that. We hope you start to feel better soon. Except… this isn’t the first time you have sent one of these emails. What is this awful illness that has had you so bedridden this semester?

It’s awful. It turns out you have come down with a very bad case of… SENIORITIS… Dun dun dun. What is this illness? Is it contagious? Will you die? Yes and yes. Nah I’m just messing. To know what Senioritis is, let’s go to every young persons favorite definition source, Urban Dictionary! According to the site, Senioritis is:

n. A crippling disease that strikes high school seniors. Symptoms include: laziness, an over-excessive wearing of track pants, old athletic shirts, sweatpants, athletic shorts, and sweatshirts. Also features a lack of studying, repeated absences, and a generally dismissive attitude. The only known cure is a phenomenon known as Graduation.

Before I get into the “legit” Senioritis conversation, check out this audio story. While the whole thing is a satire about high school Senioritis, there are some valid points in it about what happens while someone has Senioritis. Check it out.

The thing is, Senioritis is not only something people deal with in high school. It’s a huge deal in college as well, but I’ll talk more about that in a bit. Right now, I’m going to focus on the high school aspect. Denise Witmer of About.com, thinks she has figured out what the sources of high school Senioritis is. Parent’s, this part of the post is for you.

WWS-Bored1Boredom is thought to be a cause of Senioritis: High school seniors aren’t often challenged in the second half of the senior school year as their workload may dwindle for some of their classes and schools may fail to keep them engaged in learning. All they are focused on is going to college and getting away from mom and dad. The problem with this is that they don’t realize if they loose their grades, they can loose their spot at whatever college they are expecting to go to. According to the National Association for College Admission Counseling, “21 percent of colleges reported that they had revoked an admission offer” in 2009. This is because of things like drops in grades and other factors.

parentsParental apathy can be a cause of Senioritis: Often parents don’t mean to be apathetic, but after a few years of not having to discipline a teen for school work because they have been working independently and doing it well, parents are surprised to see that they need to get back on the discipline horse so close to the finish line. This can lead to an attitude in parents of: “Oh well, they can’t fail now.”

FE_DA_20130321_medschool_burnout250x177Burnout is another cause for Senioritis for some seniors: Senior high school students are busy people. They have a full course load and are charged with cementing their plans for their future. The busy life of tests, sports, friends, extra-curricular activities and part-time jobs is further crammed with college or technical school visits and applications, scholarship searches, senior projects and job or career searches. Without careful planning and attention paid to a teen’s stress levels, burnout is to be expected.

fearFear of change can cause Senioritis: Graduating high school is a double-edged sword for many teens. They are looking forward to growing up and moving on but they will miss the familiarity of high school and their friends. Parents, don’t get offended if your teens start to act differently during these times. While it may seem like they “hate” you, they are just repelling their fears in a different way.

Parents will begin to notice the signs and symptoms of Senioritis about mid-year of their teen’s senior year, but they could show up sooner. Below is a list to help you identify the signs, things that happen because your teen is developing Senioritis, and symptoms, physical ways your teen is acting because of Senioritis. This list is from the International College Counselors website.

Poor grades
Incomplete assignments
Does not make it home for curfew
Cut classes
Increased absences from school
Concern from teachers and school administrators
Using alcohol or drugs

Use these signs and symptoms to help you prevent your teen from catching a debilitating form of Senioritis or to help your teen who is suffering from a bout of high school Senioritis. While you may think that Senioritis is just a stage your teen is going through, much like the ones you went through or that ‘everyone’ goes through, “be warned that the consequences of Senioritis can last a long time and be devastating for a teen and their family” (About.com).

college-head_2Now what about college seniors? While it seems like they have less to loose, it actually depends on what major you’re graduating with. Every senior gets Senioritis. I don’t care what a person says. They have it. Whether it hits them as bad is the question. If you’re a business major, yes your grades are a huge factor in getting a job after school is over. If you’re a broadcasting major like me, grades don’t really matter. I went around and asked people around campus what people in their particular work force were looking for and this is what I found.

Employers in fields such as business, math, and education find grades very important. But employers in fields such as broadcast, print, acting, and other “artsy” things, feel that your ability is more important. I talked to a producer at the ABC affiliate in San Diego, who said, “no news director hiring is going to care what your grades are. As long as you are good at what you do, that’s what we want to see”. Senioritis in college is all relative to your studies. It’s no wonder I have it. I don’t care about my work just because I know none of my future employers are going to want to see my transcript. But another major’s will.

Below you will see a photo slideshow I put together. It depicts what happens when a college senior doesn’t work hard and gets Senioritis. Then fights it and graduates. Check it out.

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Essentially, Senioritis is all in the mind. Is it real, absolutely. You just need to work hard to make sure it doesn’t completely ruin your life.

A Little Tease For You

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Tick… Tick… Tick… That’s the sound of senior year coming to an end. Whether it’s high school or college, the time to move that tassel is approaching. But with that time crunch comes something else… Senioritis. Dun dun duuuunnnn. What is this “disease” you ask? Make sure to tune in on Sunday to find out. I will have the entry up by midnight!
I will explain what Senioritis is, what professionals say causes it, what teachers advice is for getting through it, and so much more. And if you think I’m just going to talk about the college perspective, you’re wrong. I’ll be focusing on high schoolers as well, since this hits them just as hard, maybe worse. This isn’t just my perspective. I have intel from professors from all over the country, students, and actual doctors who do research on this.
So don’t forget to tune in on Sunday. You won’t want to miss my biggest post yet!

The Ticking Clock

How many of you are about to graduate from college and have no freaking clue what you’re doing? ***Raises Hand***

Me too! There is so much we need to prepare for. Job applications. Going into the real world. It’s all happening so fast. Well here is a little feature piece I put together with REAL people giving their ideas about how to get through it.

Some Photo Inspiration

So this link doesn’t exactly want to embed into this post so please bear with me. Take a few minutes out of your daily blog reading and check out this slide show I made. All the photos in it tell a story about how to just relax. All the photos in it are also one’s I personally took. Some are from past vacations I took, and others I took just for this assignment, but all make a point.
In past blog posts, I talk about different ways to just relax and enjoy life when you can. Well these photos help. Anytime I feel completely stressed, I just stop and look through my old photos. A lot of them are from back home in California, some from here in Pittsburgh, but all of them mean something to me and always know how to calm me down.
A few posts ago, I talked about taking vacations. Some of these photos help show that maybe a vacation is something you need to order to achieve your goals. All these places I have been to have helped lead me to where I am today. Whether it’s in a positive light or negative.
My advice for you is that when you are stressed out, do what I did and look through some old photos. Most of the time, they will take you to a time when you were extremely happy… and for just a few moments… it’s like nothing else in the world exists.

When Life Gives You…

A lot of people have been asking me about my little subtitle I have at the top of my blog site. It says, “When Life Gives You Lemons… Make Orange Juice“. I figured I should explain my reasonings for it because it does have a lot to do with the theme of this blog.

A lot of people know the phrase, “When life gives you lemons… make lemonade”. That to me is so predictable. Obviously, that’s what you’re going to do with them. My mom taught me that you should always take something and make it something else. When she ran an Ebay based business, she had the catch phrase, “When life gives you lemons… make lemon soup”. That’s where I got the orange juice idea. She took the expected, and made it unexpected.

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Like I mentioned in one of my early posts, I was an absolute stress ball because of my intense schedule. However, I now take that craziness and make something of it. I use it to find life lessons for not only myself, but for others… You my loyal readers. The lemons is the intense life… the lemonade is the stress. Screw that… Make orange juice!

So thank you Mom. Thank you for always teaching me to take life by the horns… and giving it a hug.

When life gives you something… why do what is expected? It’s the things that you do out of character that gets you noticed.

Orange Juice

A New Direction

Sorry I’ve been kind of AWOL the last few days, but you know how it is (unless this is your first time reading this blog). Let’s see… what have I been up to the last few days since my last post. Hmmmm. School’s picking up, work at the TV studio is picking up, life with the boy is going a little smoother, I quit one of my three jobs… WAIT WHAT! Oh yeah… you read me right. The girl who blogs about her life being insanely busy and crazy has somewhat made her life easier. Don’t worry loyal fans out there, this blog is far from over. I have just decided to take this blog in a new direction.

When I was first given the assignment to start a blog, I wanted to use it as a chance to basically be able to bitch about how much it sucks to work a lot while go to school. But as I started writing, I realized I wasn’t really doing that. Instead, I was using my posts to come up with ideas on how to make my life easier… and in the process, I ended up helping others who were feeling the same pressures of life.

When I stress out, I feel like the only way to make myself feel better is to vent about it. I think that’s most people natural reaction to stress. But this blog has taught me that if you vent ideas on how to overcome the stress, you will find you feel a little better about yourself. When I wrote the Stuck at a Crossroad post, I mentioned that there were a few things I needed to work on as far as my relationship, and making sure my boyfriend feels as important as everything else in my life. Well since that post, I have definitely noticed a difference in how I treat him. I make sure he knows all the time how much I appreciate him and have been trying to do little things to prove it. Perfect example… he has military training this week in Harrisburg and had to be out the door by 4:15 this morning. I got up with him to make sure he had everything packed and just tried to make his morning easier. He said he really appreciated it. Yes I lost some sleep, but to see him smile and hear him say that to me made it completely worth it. There is always time for the people who matter most.

So this blog is getting an uplift. Instead of venting, I am going to focus on how to give advice to not just the readers out there, but to myself too. As of now, you’re no longer reading the words of a crazy person… but the words of someone who is learning that staying focused on the positive will make life so much easier.

Chip On My Shoulder

I apologize now to all my readers who are not musical theater fans… but I feel like this song is completely appropriate for what a lot of us are going through. This is a scene from Legally Blonde the Musical with the song “Chip On My Shoulder”. The title of the song should automatically give away what it’s about. Elle’s friend Emmett explains to her that he worked a lot while going to law school, but knew it would all be worth it so that he could make his mom proud and prove to everyone that he can do the lawyer thing. He says that pressure is his chip on his shoulder. I don’t know about you, but I feel the same way.

I feel like I have something to prove to everyone out there. My goal in life is to be a morning news producer for Good Morning America, and I am going to do anything I can to make it happen. That’s why I left my home in sunny San Diego to come to cold Pittsburgh. Here I knew I would learn and become the best producer I could be. People say I’m nuts for leaving home and putting myself through all of this pressure when I could have stayed at home and gone to a local school. But that wasn’t possible. I knew to be the best I had to leave and spread my wings.

Now I know another thing you’re thinking… why doesn’t your family help you out while in school? I get that question a lot. The answer is simple… they can’t. I’m not going to go into a ton of details to respect my family’s privacy, but let’s just say money is a tough thing for us. We don’t have a large income and everything that is earned goes towards paying for our home and other necessities. Emotionally though… I have the most supportive family I could ever ask for. But in the past, it didn’t feel that way.

In high school, I wasn’t the best student. I graduated with a 3.3 GPA, but I was lazy and hated school. To be honest, a lot of people were surprised when I even mentioned the idea of going to college. They always joke with me about it now that I’m in my senior year of college, but I know that at one point, them saying “we never thought you would go to college” wasn’t a joke. It was the truth. That’s the chip on my shoulder. I am going to prove to them that I can do this. I can make school, and work, and everything else in my life happen because I have something to prove. But I also have another person to prove it to… myself.

I never thought I could do it. I never thought I would see a college campus… never the less see my final semester of senior year. This chip is what keeps me going. People say the chip is a bad thing… but to me… it’s what drives me to be everything I can be. So I ask you readers out there, find that chip. Sometimes it’s just what you need to push you to your goals. It nags you at times, but it’s a constant reminder of what the future holds.

So next time you feel stressed, listen to this song. I can almost promise it will make you feel a lot better. It works for me… so maybe it will work for you. Feel free to comment your chips and what they mean for you. I would love to hear.