I’ve never been much of a believer in senioritis. I’ve always viewed it as a way for seniors to be lazy and have a conversational and socially acceptable excuse for an early graduation celebration.

I’ll admit it, I’m an overachiever. I try my hardest to always put forth my best work regardless of all the stress I’m under and the amount of hours in the day. I will stay up and get three hours of sleep each night for a week if that’s what it takes to get everything done on time. I don’t think I’ve missed a single assignment during my four years at Eastern, or in my life for that matter.

All that said, this last semester is already proving to be a trying one and it’s not even that I’m taking excessively difficult classes.

The compilation of class work, job searching and figuring out post college life along with all of my other commitments, including planning a wedding, is starting to bring everything into perspective all at once and it’s a lot for anyone to handle.

The weight of this final semester dragging to an end is pulling me down with it. My motivation has become tired and my tendency to procrastinate has increased as the mounting pile of things to do has become utterly daunting.

I was fine last semester, and I didn’t think I would feel so drastically exhausted only a semester later, but I do.

I still haven’t missed an assignment, and somehow find the strength to stay up late and finish what needs to be done but I can now say I officially know what senioritis feel like.

I’ve reached that point where the end of this long college journey is in sight, I’m feeling pretty good about what I have accomplished to this point in my college experience and the tempting thought that if I’ve made it this far, the rest will come easy is a satisfying crutch to lean on. But it’s only the beginning of the semester and I know there is just as much work, if not more, to do this semester as in any other.

It’s that internal argument of a sense of accomplishment and forcing myself to push forward giving 100 percent that pulls at my motivation and makes me ready for it to be May 11 already. And from what I’ve heard, I’m not alone, and I still have a lot more motivation left than some.

I am torn when it comes to graduation. There are so many reasons why I don’t want to graduate and leave Richmond but at the same time, graduation can’t come soon enough.

It’s exciting to know that I’m so close to life after college and beginning a career, which is the ultimate purpose of attending college and putting in all this work.

All we seniors can do is take it one day at a time and keep pushing through. We have to remind ourselves to keep our eye on the goal and remember the semester isn’t over yet.