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The Best Tip (From My Dad) On Dealing With Senioritis As A College Athlete

Senioritis.

We hear about it, we’ve seen glimpses of it, we have dreaded experiencing it.

But nothing can prepare you for the crippling lack of motivation that comes with the end of your college career, both athletically and academically.

We, as student athletes, put in so much time and effort into everything we do during our college career. We hold ourselves to a very high standard and facing senior year can make it feel like there is nothing we can do to meet our own standards. When the end draws near, the stress of finalizing graduation plans, final exams, and any other end of the year plans can make putting your best effort into anything seem like a daunting task.

Recently, I have been plagued with the feeling that everything is crashing down. Senioritis is hitting hard.

Even though I get all of my work done, the effort that has to be put into it makes it seem like each task is the hardest thing to do. The idea that in just a couple short weeks, I will be done with my college athletics experience makes doing anything seem like the most boring thing in the world.

But there are a few things that have happened to me in the past few weeks that have made me feel like I can get through this passing phase of senioritis and make the most of my last semester.

I felt the weight of senior year pushing on me and turned to my dad for advice. Even though I thought that it was going to be difficult to make him understand why I was stressing out, I knew that reaching out to him was what I needed at the time.

He gave me some much needed advice about how to handle the end. He told me that every senior, even those who are not held to the same standards as student athletes put pressure on themselves. No one can be perfect all the time. For us, however, it is hard to separate athletic and academic perfection from the expectations we set for ourselves. My dad made it clear to me that the only thing that I can do is try my best in all things. Even if my best is subpar occasionally. Perfection is not expected in everything and it is okay to have times when perfection is not met.

Feeling anxious or confused about the next steps during senior year is completely normal and should be handled by talking about how you’re feeling with the people you trust. Remember that perfection is not attainable and that the best thing you can do in any situation is try your best, not matter how much or how little that is.