Six signs you’re suffering from Senior Denial Syndrome

SENIOR Denial Syndrome, Graduate blues, whatever you call it – there’s an epidemic among final year students and it’s more contagious than ever.

SDSIt tends to be passed via word of mouth, drunken decisions and an inability to process or imagine the horrors of graduate life as it stands in 2014.

It’s a disease often unrecognisable to all who suffer from it, and if accused will probably tell you having fun is what university is all about or to down your drink. But if someone close to you is suffering, or if words like ‘employability’ and ‘prospects’ are sending a shiver down your spine, you might be a sufferer yourself. Here are the most common symptoms:

1. You find yourself joining new clubs and sports, hoping new-found skills with a ball might keep you in university for a bit longer. You’ve been signed up for the scuba diving club’s weekly email for years, so why not join now? Most of the society or team assume you’re a fresher. They might take a step back when they find out the truth as you totter between the already established final year members and the nervous newbies.

2. You no longer feel that disgust at freshers you instantaneously acquired when you returned for second year. You probably hang out with them, party with them, envy them. If you’ve also told them you’re a fresher and are elaborately pretending to live in halls it’s probably gone too far.

3. If at any point you wish to be remembered or leave a ‘legacy’ behind. This legacy is probably being an ‘amazing social sec’ or completing one of Aber’s various challenges (Lord Beechings Hulk, Yokos’ Sambuca etc.). You will be forgotten.

4. You’re still committed to all-nighters and skipping lectures for hungover lie-ins. Though none of us are guiltless, when every essay is a last minute rush and you’re still being pulled in for attendance meetings, you find yourself getting deja vu of that time you got deja vu.

5. Despite everything in point 4, you’re considering staying on for a masters. And despite lectures being the black spot on your daily agenda and essays cutting into your party time, you’ve got this “new found love for your course” that can only be nurtured by skipping lectures and avoiding essays for another fun-filled year.

6. You’re telling yourself £9000 is for the university experience and not just the degree. You want to ‘make the most’ of your final year by spending it just how you spent the last two.
Not that having as much fun as possible in your final year is a bad thing, but SDS is a sneaky disease that wrecks the life of many a graduate after all.