Five ways to fight ‘senioritis’

Lisabelle Panossian, Editor-in-Chief

The Senior Class may possess lessened motivation to complete large-scale class projects or study for final exams as many colleges released decisions and the final semester of the school year comes to a close — a time when an issue many former and current high school seniors could identify with arises, “senioritis.”

The following may be effective methods and reminders for seniors to follow and take note of as they begin to conclude the final chapter of their high school careers:

Remember colleges can change their minds

Lisabelle Panossian

Twenty-three would-be University of Washington freshmen found themselves without a college after receiving revoked acceptances during the summer due to poor second semester grades, according to The College Board.

Although a rescinded decision policy varies between colleges and personal academic history, institutions can typically rescind or reconsider an admissions decision if multiple overall grades drop to a C or below within second semester senior year.

Keep a checklist

Lisabelle Panossian

Compartmentalizing tasks can allow seniors to tackle final projects and assignments one step at a time, rather than feel immobilized by the idea of assignments and leaving them to be sloppily finished last-minute.

Purchasing a planner or using free, online to-do lists such as Wunderlist or Todoist can allow seniors to effectively complete assignments — better ensuring optimal final grades.

Note developed habits do not spontaneously disappear

Lisabelle Panossian

While seniors may throw excuses consisting of “I have all of college to start working hard again,” and “these grades don’t even matter,” it takes 66 days to develop a habit, according to research conducted by the University College London.

The graduating class therefore possesses the final months of high school and all of summer to maintain work ethic and mental activeness — subsequently allowing prevention of developing lessened work ethic as an incoming college freshman.

Pursue a new hobby

Abraham Panossian

While many extracurriculars begin to wrap up, seniors may find more free time than previously possessed.

Seniors can utilize newly acquired free time to go to the gym, attend a yoga class, read new books, begin building a resume for applying to summer jobs or taking on any other mind-stimulating activity they longed to pursue but could not before due to time limitations.

Grant incentives

Lisabelle Panossian

Continuing to complete assignments may become increasingly difficult with the lessened motivation of college applications.

Seniors can allot breaks, dinner outings or Netflix time for every assignment completed early as encouragement to fulfill the final stretch and ensure effective time management skills for college.