Battling Senioritis

Here are 3 ways to help you conquer senioritis…

It’s January! Winter break is over, the weather is pretty bleak, and your final semester of high school is just starting. If you haven’t made a final college decision by now, there is pressure from all sides to do so, and if you have, there is likely nothing more important to you at this point than being done with high school. Either way, it seems as if the only thing that stands in the way of the rest of your life is this last semester.

Everyone has heard of “senioritis”: the mysterious disease that befalls seniors in their final year of school that cannot be imagined or understood until you are a senior yourself. Some people take “easy” classes, others complain bitterly, and still others allow their grades to drop throughout the year or semester. Many seniors feel as if there is no use to getting out of bed and going to school every day when “the end” (of high school) is so near. How do you keep yourself motivated from now until June? Here are a few ideas that worked for me!

1. Think about your future.

It sounds cliché and overused, but no matter what you’re doing after high school, it will require your focus and that begins during your high school years. Colleges are waiting to read over your final transcripts, and those grades do matter. If you are instead heading straight into a job, a technical school, or the military, the same thing applies. If you hold your focus throughout your final year, you will be a better candidate for all post-high school positions because your dedication will be well proven. I have found that focus is super important in college too, of course, but don’t forget to have fun!

2. Get involved in a project.

Find something non-academic to do in your free time to keep from sitting around. Suggestions from friends of mine who have just beat senioritis are to take up drawing, dancing, music, or to schedule more time to hang out with friends. I discovered the Renaissance Era paper-curling art of quilling in my last semester of senior year (nothing is too weird to be fun) and I spent hours on projects that were just for fun! Finding something enjoyable or productive to do when you have little schoolwork will keep you motivated and interested in at least one thing you are doing this winter and spring. School should still be your main focus, but it doesn’t have to be the only one. A hobby will give you something to look forward to once the school day has ended!

3. Get outside!

Vitamin D is an essential nutrient that comes straight from sunlight. Winter can be a tough time to head outdoors depending on where you live, but if you’re able, try to get a little fresh air every once in a while. Whether you go skiing, hiking, biking, or just walking on your street, sunshine can make you feel happier and give you natural energy. And it is just so much fun to take advantage of the occasional sunny day during these gloomy months! Cold-weather skies are the most beautiful too—here in Southwest Virginia I hike all the time for the awesome winter views!

Senior year should be fun. You rule the school and you might finally have some time to breathe after a killer junior year. Remember that amid all the celebrating and social events, there are three grades worth of students who look up to you and watch closely what you do. You are the example to the Juniors, Sophomores and Freshmen of your school, and this is a position of tremendous power. Use it wisely to show that balancing hard work and fun pays off in a big way!

BY: Jessica Myer ‘18

Photo description: Sean (left) and Sara (right) engages in a snowball battle in front of Weaver HallPhotography by Jessica Myer ‘18