Your senior year of high school, especially the second semester, will almost certainly be one of the most stressful times of your high school career. Grades, scholarships and college applications rush upon you all at once and, once the rush seems to have passed, many times, seniors tend to get an attitude that reflects the fact that they will no longer be attending high school next year.
There are a lot of ways to avoid senioritis, and it doesn’t necessarily matter how you do it, as long as you realize how important it is to stay away from that state of mind.
When people refer to the term “senioritis,” they are usually referring to the attitude I just described. Seniors begin to think that their grades don’t matter anymore. They only come to school because it’s required to graduate. Everyone gets the mindset of “Oh, I’m too good for this,” or “I don’t need to do that.”
The only problem is that senioritis isn’t one of those things that you can just turn on and off. Once you get into the habit of blowing off classes and assignments, showing up late, and being disrespectful to teachers, that behavior tends to carry on throughout the next four years in college.
That’s one of the main reasons why it’s important to stay away from the senioritis crowd. It can certainly be contagious, trust me, but the flippant attitude is not something that your college professors, future employers, or friends will appreciate in the next several years.
Here are five ways to help you avoid senioritis:
1. Stay Focused
Instead of focusing on why you shouldn’t
have to be in high school anymore, focus on why you should
The same work ethic that you close out with your senior year will be the one that you carry on to college, and it’s important to end on the right foot.
2. Stay Organized
Organization is another factor that will help you avoid senioritis. Typically, when seniors fall behind on their schedule, things begin to go downhill. Keep up with all that you have to do by staying organized!
3. Keep Your Eyes on the Prize
Graduation is now less than six months away. Yes, that is the same argument that someone with senioritis could make, but if you look at it from the point of view that you have to pass in order to graduate, it makes focusing on your grades a lot easier.
4. Remember All the Hard Work
You cannot let 12 years of academic struggles and all of your hard work go to waste simply because you are now tired of being at school.
All those hours studying and all the time in class is not worth wasting simply to get lazy at the end of your final year.
5. Colleges Can Change Their Minds
Did you know that a college still has the option to change its mind regarding your acceptance? If your grades drop or if your academic performance is not consistent with what it was at the time of your application, your acceptance isn’t guaranteed. Things can change, and senioritis will play a negative role in this situation.
If that’s not enough to keep you motivated through the last few months of your high school career, then I’m not sure what would!
Just remember. It’s almost over, but it’s not over yet. Keep your head in the game.