Senioritis is a very real sickness that strikes unsuspecting Seniors and makes those last few months of high school seem tortuously long and pointless. But there’s good news: this illness can be battled and defeated! Here are 5 tips that can lead to you feeling cured…or at least close to it.
1. List Your Motivations: Jot down a list of who or what is motivating you to get that high school diploma. Maybe your parents get on your case or you’re feeling a lot of pressure when asked about what you’re going to do after you graduate, but that aside–who has been supporting you all along? How does graduating move you one step closer to what you want? Do you have siblings or family members who never got to do what you’re doing? Do you have a crappy job that could be used as a great reminder of what you don’t want to get stuck doing forever? Just taking a minute to really remind yourself of these motivators can really help get you out of that senior slump.
2. Use Rewards to Get It Done: When you simply can’t get motivated to write that essay or finish those assignments that are due tomorrow, reward yourself after you complete each task. This may sound silly, but I swear by it. However, this only works if you police yourself. Set a timer and commit to completing one assignment and then reward yourself with 10 minutes of Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/Trivia Crack/Xbox, etc. When your free time is up, get right back to it and start on the next task.
3. Give Yourself a Reality Check:
If you’re showing up late a lot, or not showing up at all: too many unexcused tardies and/or absences can actually prevent you from getting your high school diploma.
If you’re grades are taking a nose dive: most colleges look at your grades mid-year and at the end of the year. If your grades are in the toilet you can flush your acceptance letters too. Colleges can withdraw them as well as financial aid awards.
4. Do a Once a Week Challenge: If you’re bored and sick of the same routine, try changing it up by challenging yourself to do something new once a week. Attend a school event you’ve never attended before, go old school and only send handwritten notes to friends for a day, do little random acts of kindness every day for a week, try making a type of food you’ve never made before, do something with your best buds that you haven’t done since middle or elementary school.
5. Make “Someday” Today: We often think someday we’ll be better at something or be a better version of ourselves, but that day won’t magically come when you graduate, start a job, move out of your parents’ house, or step onto your college campus. The changes you choose to make start with you, not with a situation that suddenly makes everything fall into place. There will always be excuses so you might as well start making small changes that lead to bigger ones. Ask out that guy you’ve secretly liked for way too long, try a Zumba class with a friend, start planning out your dream of studying abroad in college or taking that road trip with friends so that you have a goal to motivate you.