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Senioritis

February 28, 2010 Leave a comment

As my second to last term at the University of Oregon quickly comes to a close, I find myself becoming less and less motivated to spend long hours on my schoolwork.

A few sunny days have budded daffodils that line the pavements, and campus is waking up from a long winter nap. The onset of spring and my dwindling motivation can only mean one thing:  I have senioritis.

The main symptoms of senioritis include chronic procrastination, lack of motivation, a drop in academic performance, and “coasting,” which is the act of going through classes with very little concentration or application of intent. This usually happens in the last year of high school, college or graduate school. One of the most notable symptoms of senioritis, is that all attempts by educators to curb senioritis tend to actually increase senioritic symptoms.   –Wikipedia

I have suffered from senioritis before; it is not foreign to me.  Although it has been nine long years since I graduated from high school, I can still remember how it feels to be a senior.  It is a bittersweet feeling.  There is a lot of excitement to be had about ending one chapter and starting anew.  It is very exhilarating; however, it is making these last few weeks of academia a huge challenge.

Although my college experience has put me into the category of “non-traditional,” I still have been infected with senioritis. Does anyone know a cure?

Where do I fit in?

January 18, 2010 Leave a comment

In a lecture hall on a university campus, most of the students are still below the legal age to consume alcohol—of course this doesn’t stop them from doing it anyway.  Among the sea of teens, you see the occasional gray-haired gentleman or a woman with wrinkles around her eyes. These folks really stand out in the crowd.

I am the twenty-something young woman who neither blends in nor stands out.  I have asked myself at times, Where do I fit in?

My academic adventure began in September of 2001.  It was then that I left my nice home in Newport Beach, California and arrived on the University of Oregon campus to find myself living in a tiny room on the fourth floor of a campus dormitory—an experience that I will never forget (for all the wrong reasons).  That is whole blog post in itself!

After my first year of college, I moved back home to Newport Beach.  At that point I had no clear idea of what I wanted to do with my life.  For the next six years I worked at a few different businesses, learned some helpful job skills  and thought about what I wanted to study.  All things pointed toward public relations.  So, in the fall of 2007, I returned to the University of Oregon where I have been ever since.  I plan to graduate this spring, 2010 with a degree in journalism and a minor in communication studies.

I am a non-traditional student, which means that I didn’t graduate from college four years out of high school.  My interests, pastimes and ambitions are quite different from most of the people on campus. Oftentimes I find that I can relate more easily with the young professors and instructors than I can with most of the students.  I am doing my best to stay involved and participate in the programs offered by the university despite how awkward and out of place I sometimes feel.  Do I have regrets?  No.  Would I have done things differently if I had known then what I know now? Yes.

This blog will focus on my non-traditional journey though academia.  I have some fun stories to share and some tips that other non-trads may find helpful.