By: Bria Robertson, TOWER Staff Writer
Senioritis: The Struggle to Finish Strong
The weather is starting to warm up and the seniors have started to become restless. With only two months of school left, I begin to ask my departing friends how they feel about leaving Bethany College. The Tower has feedback coming from a senior who has just passed comprehensive exams and cannot find the motivation to continue; a “super senior” who will finally be leaving, and last but not least, a senior who is biting their nails for the biggest test of their college career.
Alexis Harrison is a Social Work major at Bethany College who has just passed her comprehensive exams, but struggles to find the motivation to finish her remaining classes. She stated, “I already passed my comps, I don’t understand why I am in these classes that I don’t need.” Many seniors feel the same way about classes that are not needed for their liberal arts cores or major, but are still required to pass these classes before receiving their diploma.
Another thought circling through this particular upperclassman’s head is her future. She also states, “I get anxiety when I think of transitioning from Bethany into the real world, and actually having to find a job.” Bethany College is such a secluded campus, she indicated, that she is hesitant to leave the small mountain and venture out into society.
Lamar Fischer, is a five-year senior who is prepared to finally grace the campus with his cap and gown. He has already passed his comps in Sports Communication and he is ready to leave the College. Fischer states, “I have been here too long and I feel as if I have run my course. It’s finally time for me to go.” Finishing up his internship with Professor Jane Fortsy, he will be graduating with the 2014 class, and many of his new-found friends.
Last but certainly not least, Nicholas Sanviller is a senior who has not yet taken his comprehensive exams. While sitting in the Beanary he was asked how he felt about this test. He states, “I am scared and nervous about the exams, but I am positive I will pass.” When asked does he feel that his classes will slack once the big test gets closer, he stated, “No, I am really focused on both and feel as if I can give them both equal attention.”
The seniors give one key point of advice which is to stay focused, and do not lose sight of the big picture. It does not matter whether you take your comprehensive exams in January or May, you should always finish strong.