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.

Advice For Going MIA

Before I start, I apologize to my professor who grades this blog. I’m kind of going off the assigned guidelines for this post. Please see future posts for the assignments.

Hello Wonderful Blog Readers!
I am very sorry I have been MIA for the last week or so. A few weeks ago, I had surgery to take care of some problems that I have been dealing with for the last few months and am now doing much better! While I was recovering, and even before the surgery, I fell extremely behind on my school work and couldn’t go to work. This got me thinking about all the other people out there that have had to go through this and how they got through it. I talked to a few of my friends and they really helped me come up with some ideas on how to catch up with life.

Like I said before, the two things I fell extremely behind on… and am currently still behind on… is school work and employment. With school work, I emailed all my professors letting them know about the surgery and how long I would probably be out for. While most of my professors were extremely understanding, there was that one that wasn’t. They didn’t understand how I couldn’t just do my work from home and email it in. I explained I was on massive pain killers before and after the procedure, but they still had issues. I had no idea what to do. That’s where my friends came in. They were absolutely amazing. A few of them would sit with me and help me do my work… even while I was in a Vicodin induced haze. Yes, an assignment that should have only taken 10 minutes took us 3 hours… but it got done. They helped me with everything from coming up with a topic… to actually typing it up for me as I relayed what I wanted written. The work was 100% mine, but I couldn’t have made it happen without them.

As far as the employment goes, hopefully you have a very understanding boss like I do at my two jobs at the university. My surgery was on a Thursday, but had to start my bed rest the Monday before. I knew about the surgery a little over a week before it happened, and so my boss let me add some extra hours to my schedule before my bed rest started. This really helped me out because with bed rest and recovery time, I was going to be missing about two weeks of work. That’s almost impossible to make work financially when you have rent and bills to pay.

Because of that one professor, there were days I had to be on campus for that class even when I was suppose to be at home recovering. To help me out, my boyfriend drove me to and from campus, but sometimes he would be late getting me. Not his fault, he had school too. When that happened, I would go to the office of the on campus TV studio I work at and hang out there. If I had the strength, I would set up some microphones or push the record button on the tape deck, and my boss would count it towards my hours. I technically was working. Those are things that get done at my job, he just let me do them instead of someone else. He also didn’t push me more than I could handle. It may have only been 15 minutes that would be put on my time sheet, but it was there. Every minute I worked helped me make up the hours I was missing. I am extremely grateful for that boss and what he did for me.

I guess the advice I have for all my readers out there who have been through something like this is to keep the lines of communication open. I was so worried about what my boss and professors would say about missing so much, but they were more understanding then I could have ever imagined… Well most of them. Also, ask your friends for help. Yes they have lives too. But if they are really your friends, they will find a way to help you out.

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.