As a student, I would say I’m fairly successful. I have pretty good grades and participate in my classes and clubs. My senior year, however, has been a little different. I’m still getting decent grades, and I’m still in clubs, but my motivation has absolutely plummeted.
The common affliction is known as Senioritis and can be devastating to GPAs everywhere. The first trimester has almost finished, and seniors are already buzzing about graduation and getting out of high school. So, how does the class of 2020, including me, keep our cool until we can graduate in the spring? I may not have all the answers, but I do have a few tips that have helped me so far. So I present to you, my checklist to success for those afflicted by senioritis:
#1: Stay organized
Sounds cliché, but it’s true. From freshman to junior year, I literally used zero form of planner or scheduling tool. I honestly have no idea how I remembered all the things I had to do in a day without one. This year I decided to force myself to use a planner, and so far it has been a total game changer. Not only does it help me keep all of my assignments and responsibilities in order, it also helps me get ahead of the game for upcoming homework and projects. I highly recommend trying it out even if you think you’re super disorganized like me. Plus, you get to feel really good about getting stuff done when you cross it off. It’s a win-win situation.
#2: Keep your grades up
Believe me, the last thing I want to do after a long day of classes is sit down with hours of homework to do, but we still have to bite the bullet on this one. Just because you’ve already applied to colleges (or even got accepted already), and they can always change their minds if your grades suddenly drop. Besides, remember that you could totally earn some scholarship money if you get good enough grades.
#3: Talk with your fellow seniors
I can almost 100 percent guarantee that most of your classmates are just as anxious to be done with high school as you are. Everybody is in the same boat, so we might as well make the most of our last year here. Talking to other seniors about their plans after high school or about how their classes are going is just one of many ways to pass time and also help you think about your future plans as well.
#4: Use a countdown app
This is less of an academic or social tip, but it’s something that’s been helping me stay hyped for the future. I put anything from holidays to movie releases to big events like graduation in these apps! Having milestones to look forward to can make the days and weeks move a little faster and can inspire some more motivation to work towards those goals or rewards.
#5: Give yourself a break
By the time you reach senior year, you’ve dedicated 11 years of hard work and studying to school, so it makes sense why we’re all a little antsy to go out into the “real world.” Keeping this in mind, make sure that you cut yourself some slack and make sure to have some fun. Sweating the small stuff won’t matter in the long run, so spend your senior year making memories and looking forward to the future.
This list is by no means the Holy Grail of answers, but hopefully it can help a few people out with their senioritis. It can be tough to stay motivated when the next big part of your life is just around the corner, but look on the bright side–when this article is posted there’s only six months and 22 days until graduation! We’ll be there in no time.