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Don’t worry, I got this, I’m a senior

March 3rd, 2011

I’m in my final semester of college. That means a few things.

Most importantly, I have lots of countdowns now.

I’ve been counting down how many days until my half-semester jogging and weight lifting classes end (I had the last one today), how many hours until my last final (as of noon today it’s down to 1,875), and how many issues of the award-winning Carroll News are left in my future (two plus a few surprise appearances).

This poses a dilemma: how do I put this time to use? Do I juice the orange that is spring 2011 for every pulpy drop, or do I crawl my way through the final lap giving just enough effort to cross the finish line and get my free T-shirt for participating?

Both. How? Simple, I’m a senior.

A lot can happen over the course of an undergraduate career. Between freshman orientation and commencement, one can pick up quite a few responsibilities, resume boosters, and Facebook pictures that should probably be untagged.

In the fourth year of that undergrad career though (or fifth for some people) things just seem to click a little faster. I have no real explanation for it other than development of the “senior quality.”

The senior quality is what separates those of us expected to have jobs within the next couple months with those who still care about their GPA.

Why stress out about stuff? We’ve been around the block before, and we know things usually work out. Just put your faith in the system and things will probably turn out alright.

Since a college career has a typical lifespan of four years that ranges from egg to larva to pupa to adult butterfly, there are a lot of growing pains along the way, but they result in a butterfly that can fly and knows where the good nectar is at.

The general structure of most organizations and groups on campus require all of its members to contribute in their own way. Generally, there is a president or leader of some sort that helps delegate duties and explains them to the members of the group so they know what they’re expected to do.

Some of the more veteran members, though, just get things done on their own. You need a case of water carried from this side of the room to the other? Don’t worry, it’s already been taken care of.

There are varying degrees of these “seniors.” Some just need less direction than their fellow students, while others possess almost superhuman abilities to go above and beyond the call of duty while being a shining example for underclassmen. Regardless of their dedication to their position, all of them are invaluable.

Don’t get me wrong, senioritis has been setting in since at least February of last year and that takes a toll on productivity for sure. A real senior knows how to balance things though so they can still be a slacking, procrastinating, productive, success.

And that’s something you don’t learn in a classroom (unless you’re using your smart phone to look it up on our website, www.jcunews.com).