If you’re a senior graduating in a barely a month like me, you’ve probably got a particularly bad case of senioritis. I prefer to choose sleep or leisure over class, socializing over homework, and general laziness over everything. But while I might prefer to choose all the more fun aspects of college life over the necessary boring bits, I maintain a balance. Earlier this semester, I tipped said balance heavily towards the fun and recreation side, blowing off most of my responsibilities for two weeks. I told myself that I didn’t care, that I didn’t need to attend my classes. But as it turns out – I did. Fortunately for me, my classes are pretty relaxed and my teachers understanding, but if I had been taking something truly important (capstone!) I would have been screwed. And even more importantly, I lost out on valuable time to be job hunting and network building.
So if you are still confused about the point of this blog post, let me lay it out for you. Senioritis is a real thing, and it is real hard to cure. But it is important that you do snap out of it, because while your final semester classes may be easy, it’s still important to keep your record good. And for all us PR students out there, it’s critical that you don’t lose any time on the job hunt. The most important aspect of job hunting is networking – you’ve probably heard it before, but PR is all about who you know. So get out there and start meeting people! In fact, PPRA’s Careers 101 is tonight at the PECO building at 5:30 p.m., and it is one of the best, if not the best networking and advice event for PR students in Philadelphia. No matter how much older and experienced someone in PR may seem to you, just remember that they were once in your shoes, so don’t be afraid to approach them. Everyone remembers what it was like as a student, and most everyone is willing to help, you just need to ask. So don’t let senioritis bring you down!
Let us know what you think about dealing with senioritis in the comments below, we’d love to hear from you!
This post was authored by Faiz Mandviwalla, a senioritis-filled senior at Temple University. Faiz is an Assistant Firm Director with PRowl Public Relations and you can follow him on Twitter here and LinkedIn here.