So you’re well into your second semester of senior year, the weather’s warm (unseasonably, in fact, even in California!), and your high school career is coming to a rapid close. It’s time to slack off, take a moment to put your feet up, and breathe…or is it? Senioritis–the disease for which symptoms include apathy, lack of motivation, lethargy, and sometimes slipping grades–strikes again. Coming down with senioritis is quite dangerous and can lead to some serious side effects but with a little foresight, you can avoid it!
Set Goals/Develop a Bucket List: Recording your goals is especially important during your last few months of high school. As you look back on the past four years, are there things you wanted to accomplish but haven’t yet had the chance? Was there an impression that you wanted to leave on your community? Now’s the time. Try making a bucket list of the things you want to accomplish before you jet off to college, and spend this newfound extra time working toward crossing off those items. Even better, find a friend or family member who will hold you accountable, and you’ll be that much more likely to achieve these things!
Make a list of the consequences of slacking: As I mentioned, slacking off can come with some malicious compatriots. They include lack of self-worth, lethargy, lack of motivation, slipping grades, and the list goes on. Who wants to feel like that? To keep yourself motivated (and thus finish out the year feeling fulfilled), make a list of the consequences of succumbing to senioritis, and remind yourself daily of its evils. You should keep in mind that schools do check in on your grades both mid year and at the conclusion of the year, and there have been instances where students’ acceptances have been revoked. Don’t let this be you!
Focus on the future: Once you know where you’re going to end up next year, it can be a great motivating factor to start researching it even more deeply (I hope you’ve already done quite a bit of research at this point). Look into the specific clubs and organizations that you want to join and find out how to join them. Learn about the different opportunities, both social and academic, that are available to you; explore the history of the campus and start to get on board with the traditions. You’ll be miles ahead of your peers once you step foot on campus, and your focus on the light at the end of the tunnel will incentivize you to continue to work hard.
Guest post: Jenn Curtis is the President of FutureWise Consulting which is Orange County’s premier source for College Counseling, Test Prep and Tutoring Services.