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The Battle To Eradicate Senioritis

Senioritis. Yup, it‘s a real thing, and I know most of you seniors are really experiencing it right now. Counting the days, figuring out the hours, calculating the minutes until you’re done, anticipating the future, looking forward to moving on to future endeavours, ready to leave the nest, and enter the real world. You are mentally preparing to leave your lives as you know behind and be left to fend on your own.

The Urban Dictionary describes Senioritis as „A crippling disease that strikes high school seniors.” It’s a catchall term for the behaviour of many high schoolers in their last year of education. Its characteristics include slipping grades, a devil-may-care attitude that can test the best teachers and parents alike, and the sensation that the clocks seem to be slowing down.

Some of the symptoms of this „disease“ include laziness, having a hard time getting out of bed in the morning, a lackadaisical attitude about homework, school projects, and apathy towards your future, notwithstanding your bones aching after almost four years of carrying backpacks the weight of small aircrafts.

See, what happens is, you’ve had school non-stop for, give or take, 12 years in a row now, in most cases attending school every day and filling your brains with mostly important knowledge. But that has led you to reach a point where you just want to take a break, and almost being able to taste the finish line makes you want to jump ahead of yourself and feel as if you are invincible and no one can touch you. But that’s not reality.

Coming in as freshmen, most of you awed respect for the upperclassmen, faculty staff, even the proximity to the train station, and for some even the the student’s lounge with the crusty couches, but now, as seniors, you no longer have upperclassmen to fear and/or respect from a distance. You are the upperclassmen now! The past four years gave you insight as to which teachers you should avoid, where you should hang out during the break, or where to buy the best sandwich for lunch, and you‘ve reached a point where you just want to move forward and leave the childish behavior of underclassmen behind. You’re counting the days till freedom when you will finally be able to make decisions on your own.

But Senioritis in not something you should take lightly! As ridiculous as it may sound, becoming a slacker in the homestretch might come back to haunt you. The universities you apply to expect you to keep your grades relatively constant. If you applied to a university with straight As, they anticipate that you will keep those grades up. Also, having to explain to your parents your declining academic results is not the most fun thing to do. So here are some tips to avoid succumbing to this dire disease.

Tips to fight Senioritis:

Talk about it:
The last school year can be sad and exhilarating at the same time. You are feeling nostalgic, remembering the good old times, when pop quizzes were your biggest concern, and at the same time you’re trying to catalog all our „lasts“ – last first day of school, last late slip from the office needed, last time you get to lie about not doing your homework. You also might fear what is ahead…the time of small classes with only 14 students are over. Soon, no one will pamper you and you’ll just be lost in the crowd. By talking about it, you might realize that you are not as alone as you might think. There are many feeling the same way you are. And by discussing it, you might find a solution together.

Watch Your Attitude:
Like it or not, you do have control over how you look at things. Approaching the end of high school with a flippant attitude can develop into a self-fulfilling prophesy. If you think you’re going to be bored, you’ll probably be bored. Shifting your attitude won’t necessarily mean that everything’s going to seem new and exciting, because, let’s be real, it won’t, but the reality is that you’re going to be looking forward to a new chapter in life. Committing to trying to find ways to get the most out of your last high school classes will probably help make things seem less pointless.

Study Smart:
Many seniors take a heavy course-load their last year, making it more challenging than ever to stay on top of schoolwork. Maintaining good grades in difficult courses is challenging enough without having to resist the pressure to put off your responsibilities. You may have scheduled study and work time into your day, but simply blocking off a period of time is not enough. When it’s time to hit the books, it is important to turn off the TV, sign out of Facebook, put your phone on silent, and really focus on work. And keeping a calendar with all important dates can also help you stay on top of things.

Make it count!:
You’re almost there, but you‘re not there yet. There’s only a few months left, so make the best of them. Try new things, celebrate with your friends that you might not see as often after, design the best senior prank imaginable together, challenge yourself, and have fun! Plan your last year to be as exciting as it can be so you look forward to it every day. This will make your senior year so much sweeter. You don’t want to have any regrets – this is a time you’ll never forget and you’ll never be able to relive. Make it count and make it memorable!

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