As a senior, I have been more involved with extracurricular activities than ever before. In the fall I attended all of my school’s home football games and I have been hanging out with my friends during soccer practice and DECA meetings. But as the holidays approach and I am slowly getting acceptance letters from colleges, I can feel myself getting the infamous and inevitable symptoms of “Senioritis.”
If you’re a senior then you probably know the phrase well, and if you haven’t heard about it, you will. “Senioritis” is a disease that strikes seniors as they begin to approach the end of their high school career. Wondering if you’re at risk of falling ill? Here’s my fool-proof plan on how to keep yourself safe from “senioritis”:
1. Go To All Your Classes – Whether it’s sitting on the patio to avoid a substitute or driving off campus to get McDonald’s during class, I’ve seen senior after senior skip classes to avoid the stress and work of a full day’s work.
2. Don’t Let Your Grades Slip – The number one concern of senior guidance counselors is that their students will not graduate or will get their admission to a school revoked after final transcripts. If you keep your grades a priority, you will be fighting off the biggest symptom of “senioritis.”
3. It’s Too Early To Cut Ties – As you make the transition from high school and into the “real world” of college and work, it’s easy to want to cut ties before you are forced to say goodbye in a few months. Try to remember that there is still a lot of time to spend with friends and loved ones so you should make the most of it instead of getting involved in distracting drama.
4. Enjoy Yourself – Don’t be so eager to leave and just enjoy the moments that you still have to attend varsity basketball games and school-wide walk-a-thons.
By learning to fight off “senioritis” your setting yourself up for success in high school, college, and your career. Good luck seniors!
-Erica Mick, Florida DECA State Vice President