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The Cure to Senioritis

It’s natural for seniors to slack off, especially when they’re so close to the finish line. Their most stressful year of high school is coming to an end, and they can finally take some time to relax. Although college-bound seniors have to deal with stressful deadlines and college applications, there are many more seniors who have become plagued with a disease far more sinister: Senioritis.

Senioritis is an illness that moves quickly, and once it starts, it’s almost impossible to stop. Seniors become lazier and lazier, have a decrease in motivation, and, in extreme cases, simply stop attending school. Students begin to slack during their senior year as they take fewer AP classes, quit sports and clubs, and stop participating in extracurricular activities.

The cure to senioritis is simple: graduate. It’s either that or drop out (and however appealing the latter option may be, it’s probably not the best idea). Since there’s still another semester and a half before you get those last few credits, here are some helpful tips to help you or someone you know cure their case of Senioritis.

  1. Address the problem. Don’t act like everything is fine when it isn’t. Simply face reality and become self-aware. It’s important to know what you’re doing wrong so that you can work on fixing it. Talk to parents or close friends about your lack of motivation or your feelings in general.
  2. Take action. Now that you’ve realized that you have a problem, you need to take action to fix it. Learn to manage your time in an efficient way, as procrastination is one of the worst things you can do. Ask someone you trust for help and make sure they’re there to nag you when projects and assignments are nearing their due date.
  3. Figure out your priorities. Many students don’t know what they want to do with their lives, but this is perfectly normal. Set your goals smaller- figure out what assignments you need to finish, be sure to know what you want to accomplish with your senior year, and be realistic. Of course, it is important to have fun and make memories, but don’t completely blow off your schoolwork.
  4. Stay consistent and be passionate. If you’re in a club of sport, don’t give it up! Even if you think colleges don’t care about your senior year, it’s important to stay consistent with what you do. Additionally, don’t do things to impress others. If you don’t like a club, but you think it would look good on a resume, it might not be worth it to join. Try to do things you genuinely enjoy.
  5. Have fun, but not too much fun. Seniors tend to have a “Finish Line” mentality, but they stop trying because they’re so close. It’s essential that you make memories and enjoy yourself, but don’t drop out of the race and waste all the work you’ve put in!

Senioritis is difficult to cure, and recovering your motivation won’t happen overnight. Follow these tips and work hard, and hopefully, you’ll be able to change things and still have that unforgettable year you’ve been waiting for.

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