Tips for Avoiding Senioritis

Jan 01, 2014

It happens every year — Senioritis.

Senioritis can be defined as a “sickness” that strikes high school seniors and spring semester can be the worst. Symptoms include laziness, an over-excessive wearing of track pants, old athletic shirts, sweatpants, athletic shorts and sweatshirts. Also features a lack of studying, repeated absences, and a generally dismissive attitude. The only known cure is graduation, but here are some tips to avoid it.


Plan ahead — The best tool is a calendar or day planner. Write down all of your deadlines, for applications, papers, tests and so on. Then note your other activities, your sports schedule, drama or band rehearsals, SAT or ACT day, or college visits. Then set your own deadlines and stick with them.


Don't obsess — It's easy to get caught up in the college admission process and forget about the here and now. Don't spend the whole senior year obsessing about college admission. Don't get involved in some activity just to impress colleges. Instead, do the things you love, and drop activities that you're just not that committed to.


Talk about it — Senior year can be sad and exhilarating at the same time. You and your friends catalog all the "lasts, but you're also looking forward to graduating and starting college. Talk to a friend, parent or guidance counselor about it.


Have fun — It’s your last year of high school — enjoy it. You’ve worked a long time to get to this point and should do all you can to celebrate that accomplishment.

Source: National Association for College Admission Counseling

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