Avoiding Senioritis: Advice to Get You to Graduation
Senioritis hits students across the country at around the same time. As your senior year of high school draws to a close, it’s only natural for you to switch into autopilot mode. You’ve spent the last four years working harder than you’ve ever worked before toward your academic future.
Yet, it’s essential that you do whatever you can to avoid these feelings of senioritis. When senioritis comes to sap your motivation, it can cause real damage to your momentum toward your future. Below, we’ve gathered our favorite tips for avoiding this motivation sucking mindset.
Why You Should Avoid Senioritis
There are several consequences that can arise from slacking off during your senior year. While it may be tempting to coast your way to graduation, it’s important to remember that your last few months of high school still matter.
Gain Momentum for College
Have you ever taken a long break from a hobby you loved, only to return to it and find that it’s difficult to get back into the swing of things?
Your academic momentum works the same way. It’s completely normal and almost expected for you to enjoy your last summer between high school and college.
However, the real problem arises when you set yourself to ‘summer mode’ at the beginning of your last semester in high school.
If you get into the practice of taking your education seriously, keeping up with your study schedule, and finding ways to keep school exciting, you can carry your momentum with you into your freshman year of college.
If you choose to start slacking off early, you’ll find yourself starting over from academic habit square one and adjusting to all the new changes that college brings.
Your Grades Still Matter
Even with an acceptance letter in hand, you need to take your grades seriously. Across the country, colleges take advantage of the fact that we live in a digital age and will ask to see a mid-year report and your final grades from high school.
A sudden drop in your grades can raise plenty of questions for admissions officials.
Depending on the school and the severity of your problems with your grades, colleges have several ways they choose to deal with the consequences of senioritis:
- A “we’re disappointed and worried” letter where students will be given a chance to explain poor academic performance.
- A reduction in financial aid, especially if the aid you were to be awarded is tied to a certain level of academic performance.
- In the worst-case scenario, a college can rescind your acceptance.
You should note that college admissions officials understand that we’re all human. If your grades fall during your senior year for reasons like a difficult class or situation, you should not excessively worry about your acceptance being rescinded.
5 Ways You Can Avoid Senioritis
While not every student will face the same issues from senioritis, all students can do several things to help prevent this damaging mindset from taking over their senior year. The following tips can help you readjust to a positive mindset that gets you ready for college.
Get Yourself Some Goals
Clear and specific goals help everyone get things done; goals don’t go away in adulthood. When a goal is specific and measurable, you’ll be naturally motivated to put in the hard work required to reach it.
Also, don’t limit yourself to purely academic goals. If you’re suffering from a bad case of senioritis, or want to protect yourself from it, consider setting goals such as:
- Entering an essay or project-based scholarship contest
- Taking on one last project in your favorite extracurricular activity
- Finding a new volunteer effort to fill your free time
- With the help of your friends, getting into the habit of weekly study groups
Stay Active in Your Senior Year
One surefire way to stay engaged in your senior year is to take classes you’re genuinely interested in or that challenge you to think and learn. Avoid the temptation to sign up for extra elective classes. Even if you don’t need another math credit for graduation, taking an advanced class to keep your mind sharp and ready for college is a great way to avoid senioritis.
Another way to stay active in your senior year is to level up your engagement with your extracurricular activities, hobbies, and other commitments. Not only will this give you one last chance to stand out in high school, but it will also keep your mind and body busy while you wait for graduation.
With the craziness of senior year, it can be very easy to let yourself go. If you’re looking to avoid senioritis and set yourself up with a good foundation for college, it’s important that you get a solid self-care routine in order.
This doesn’t mean you need to drop a fortune on an at-home spa kit or a fancy yoga retreat. Good self-care starts with the basics: eat a little healthier, go to sleep at a more reasonable hour, take breaks throughout the day to let your mind wander. Once you get to college, you’ll be happy that you already have these good habits in place.
Take A Moment to Celebrate
It’s no easy task getting to your senior year and making it through college application season. Make sure you take time to celebrate all your hard work. By reflecting on the effort you’ve already put toward your goals, you can remotivate yourself to work even harder in the last half of your senior year.
A good way to remind yourself of your hard work is to keep a copy of your acceptance letter to college somewhere where you’ll see it every morning. Reminding yourself of the rewards of all your hard work, and that poor performance can jeopardize these rewards, is a great way to refocus your mindset around the last year of high school.
Reach Out For Help
Sometimes, the cause of your senioritis can be difficult to pinpoint. When you find yourself struggling with motivation and can only come up with vague reasons by yourself, reaching out to your peers, family, and counselors can be a great way to locate the underlying issues.
For some students, senioritis can be a sign of a larger problem with motivation and focus. Other students may only need a support system or a slight challenge to get themselves back in gear for their final days of high school.
Whatever you believe the cause of your senioritis to be, don’t be afraid to reach out for help. You’re not the only senior struggling with this difficult to explain mindset, and often your counselors and teachers know exactly what it’s like to be in your shoes. Be honest about your feelings and reach out for help before you get too far behind.
You Can Get to Graduation With A Positive Outlook
Senioritis can cause major issues with your motivation and outlook toward your final days in high school. If left unattended, this mindset can follow you through the summer into your first semester at college.
Thankfully, by building healthy habits and reaching out, you can fight back against senioritis.
This fight is essential to your success in your final semester of high school and leading into college. A positive outlook will set you up for success, whereas a senioritis and “get me out of here” mindset has the potential to sabotage all your hard work.
Remember, don’t be afraid to reach out to peers, family, and teachers who have been in your shoes before. Senioritis can affect even the most ambitious of us, and there’s no shame in asking for a little support to help you get to graduation.