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I am the face of productivity right now.

In all seriousness though, the lack of motivation is a rather troubling aspect of being in senior year. Of course you want to do well in school, but why? Assuming you aren’t shooting for grad school (and in some cases, even if you are) nobody is going to look at these marks. So you’re going to bust your tushie, get that degree, and then…nothing changes. Whether you barely pass or excel in your senior year, you will often end up with the same opportunities and offers because none of your senior year grades even get posted before you are accepted / hired. This phenomenon begs the question: why bother?

1a. You actually care about learning.

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Well, this is the ideal situation. By now, you hopefully care enough about your program and field of study that you find your courses interesting. That’s what comes of having so much academic freedom in your senior year anyway, right? Your schedule is almost 100% electives. How excellent. Revel in it. Enjoy it.

1b. You just want to get out.

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If you don’t like your program, this is your last year before moving on to something that you (hopefully) like. Maybe you need the degree for some somewhat-but-not-actually related job. Maybe you’re using your degree to get into grad school in a different-but-somewhat-related field. Whatever you want to do when you leave college relies on this first degree. So get to it. (Don’t fail any classes. Don’t even almost-fail, just in case. Who knows?)

2a. You haven’t the slightest clue what you’re doing with your life.

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May as well use your degree to get a job and start figuring out what you want to do with yourself. It couldn’t hurt, right? Besides, if you haven’t the slightest clue what you’re doing with your life, your grades might end up being important (you know, after they’re posted). Don’t risk it.

2b. You know exactly what you want to do with your life.

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Alright, career. Let me assault you with all of the knowledge that I gained in my senior (and most relevant) year. Employers: are you ready for this? You ain’t ready for this.

How will you push through senior year?


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