How to Avoid Senior Burnout

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We are all familiar to the fateful term of senioritis. It strikes the best, and worst, of us as the end of high school nears, and second semester becomes a slog before the ultimate breakaway from high school. With college decisions out, it is remarkably easy to let loose and let grades slide, but high academic achievement is still paramount in these times. While some symptoms of senioritis are admittedly unavoidable, there are a couple ways to keep a slip in grades, motivation, and attendance at bay.


Take Time for Yourself //

Although this first one may seem counterintuitive, the process of self-care is cathartic and regenerative, injecting more motivation and liveliness in people. Whether it be going on a picnic instead of a fast food outlet during lunch breaks or taking a quick weekend trip to the amusement park or beach, allowing some time to yourself is important. Even though second semester is regarded as the final stage in a torturous experience of high school, this stage in young adults’ lives marks the end of a period of adolescence during which they can embrace perspectives that will undoubtedly change after graduating.

Spending time with friends is also important, if the time devoted to it is in moderation. These are friends who may take completely different paths after graduation, and your friendship may not be the same as it is now. Have a senior road trip during spring break or plan a summer travel abroad!

Time taken to preserve the positive memories of intrapersonal relationships during this second semester will be guaranteed to intertwine the fun of high school with its relentless stress.


Start Saving Up //

Inevitably, as high schoolers pass from youth to adult, money becomes a significant factor in their lives. Second semester is the perfect opportunity to start a job at the local restaurant or pool to start saving up. This extra earning can help in actualizing a goal of backpacking across Europe or buying a new car for college. Having an independent source of income apart from parents is just one step to becoming a responsible adult and also has desirable consequences in that it instills the values of time management now that seniors juggle academics and work.


Set Up a Study System //

As seniors, studying is undoubtedly the last thing on our minds. After all, senioritis is the culmination of four years of taxing work; however, letting grades slide is the last thing you want. Colleges may revoke acceptance to their institution if academic achievement drops significantly. Thus, it is important to set up a routine and smaller goals for studying.

Perhaps that looks like studying with a friend every day from seven to ten to keep you both motivated and on task. Finding friends or peers that are similarly looking to keep up motivation is a good way to help both of you through classes with less of an individual struggle. Keeping the goals you’ve set for the past four years in your mind can help motivate you to continue studying.

It is important to remember that teachers are fully understanding of the effects of senioritis, but students should not rely on good will and understanding to scrape through the last semester of their high school career. Joining a sport or a new club that is of personal interest is a particularly rewarding way of putting yourself into a community you may not have been exposed to previously and make new friends.

In the meantime, as graduation edges closer and closer, keep one eye on the grand date and one on finishing the year as strongly as possible.