4 Simple Ways To Avoid Senioritis

“Senioritis – A crippling disease that strikes high school seniors.

Symptoms include: laziness, an over-excessive wearing of track pants, old athletic shirts, sweatpants, athletic shorts, and sweatshirts.

Also features a lack of studying, repeated absences, and a generally dismissive attitude.

The only known cure is a phenomenon known as graduation.”

There are many perks to being a senior in high school. By now you have found comfort with your classmates, you know the school, teachers and everything in between like the back of your hand. Your only worry is getting through your last year and getting into college.

Unfortunately, it seems as if all seniors get into the mind set that this is the year to slack off. Senioritis can damage your future plans if you are not too careful. You do not want to be the student who was accepted into their first choice school but could not go because they failed their senior year.

Here are a few simple steps to avoid slacking your senior year and staying on track until graduation:

Plan ahead

Going into your senior year, you already have an idea of what activities you want to be involved in and which ones you won’t have time for. It is also good to have a list of colleges you are applying for (their application deadlines), high school dances, spring break and senior pictures. Know when you need to start looking for dates, passing out pictures, buying your cap and gown, etc.

Alarms, schedules and assignments

Waking up for school is always a drag; don’t let senioritis take over your mornings. I have witnessed plenty of students who skip their first class to catch up on sleep and the result of them doing so is not pleasant by the end of the semester. Push yourself to go to every class and not play hooky.

As for schedules, senior year can become very demanding, especially with sports, extracurriculars and friends. It is imperative that you don’t blow off your responsibilities like baseball practice or attending a student council meeting because you didn’t feel like it. Following through with your everyday responsibilities will be worth it in the end.

Do not slack on your assignments. Even if you really don’t care about the homework or you are having a difficult time getting it right, teachers want to know that you are making an effort. Remember, you may need recommendation letters for scholarships and college applications. You don’t want to ruin your chances at asking teachers for their help. Try to keep up on your homework even though you are trying to balance a social schedule and figuring out your post-high school life.

Light at the end

The one thing that gets me through tough times is looking at the end results. There is always a light at the end of the tunnel (the tunnel being high school). The good news is that if you work hard and finish the year strong you won’t ever have to go back. Keep telling yourself “soon I will be out of here” or “in college I’m scheduling all my classes after 10 a.m.”

Staying positive and excited for your future will allow the time to pass by quickly and you to keep a more positive outlook on school. When I am really struggling with getting through a significant period of time, what keeps me motivated is thinking about what I am going to do with my time afterwards.

Have Fun

Everyone is different, but my senior year I was so ready to graduate that I found myself not participating in the high school activities I usually had my previous years. It is important to not sulk about being with the same people or think about how “college will be so different.”

Yes, people in college are less judgmental and more open, however, don’t focus on how much high school sucks just yet. Embrace high school! During the first half of the year, this will be no problem. After winter break and especially after spring break you will find yourself wanting to break free.

Do not take it or granted; high school is the one time in your life will you will have the least amount of responsibility as a young adult. Enjoy your friends and do different things. In fact, if you feel as if things are getting dull among your friend group, make a bucket list of things to do before graduation, this will spice up the last few months before graduation.

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Rachel Talaska

Rachel Talaska

Rachel Talaska is a junior at Central Michigan University pursuing degrees in public relations, journalism and marketing. Besides being in class, Rachel can be found working at the campus newspaper, Central Michigan Life in the advertising department or watching re-runs of "Friends." She hopes to one day move to a big city and find her dream job. Rachel enjoys fashion, eating healthy (with the occasional bowl of ice cream), fitness, reading, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.
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