How to Combat Senioritis


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Graduating seniors during the 2019 Valencia High School graduation ceremony.

Bailey Darbro, Jr. Editor

Senioritis is the indifference or lack of motivation many seniors feel towards studying as graduation nears. If you think it’s not that serious, remember that you could lose your scholarship or hard-earned GPA over a poor, last-minute performance. 

You’ve come this far. Don’t let a case of senioritis derail your path to graduation. To help you stay on track, follow these tips to finish the year strong. 

1. Set actionable and tangible goals. 

Senioritis makes you lose the drive to get things done. Combat this lack of motivation by setting and achieving academic and personal goals. Don’t forget to break your goals down into smaller, more manageable steps so each one doesn’t feel like too much of a burden. 

2. Keep your grades up. 

Second semester grades still matter. Just because you’ve been admitted to the school of your choice doesn’t mean your work is done. Your final transcript from senior year will be sent to your college. If they notice a significant drop in your GPA, they could revoke your admission. 

3. Create a schedule. 

Checking items off your to-do list can give you the sense of accomplishment you need to beat procrastination. Organize all your assignments in a planner or productivity app to help you establish a routine. Store details about exams, scholarship deadlines, club meetings, and other events in a calendar so you don’t miss out on any opportunities. 

4. Enjoy being at home. 

A few months from now, you’ll be in college. Let that sink in for a moment. This may be your last year at home with your family and friends, so you are certainly allowed to enjoy it. Having fun and appreciating the people in your life does not equate to senioritis. 

5. Build a solid support system. 

Surround yourself with positive people who encourage you. Your family and close friends can give you the boost of moral support and words of wisdom you need to move forward. 

6. Celebrate your victories. 

You should always acknowledge your victories. It boosts your confidence and allows you to reflect on your achievements. Believing in yourself and knowing you have what it takes to get results can push you to achieve more. 

Senior year will be over before you know it. Fight the urge to succumb to senioritis by staying focused on what’s important. Above all, don’t forget to soak in the experience. Enjoy your last year in high school—you’ve earned it!