It’s that time of the year when spring break has ended and seniors all over the world can finally see the finish line that is graduation in the very near future. It doesn’t matter if it’s high school, undergrad, or graduate school, if you’re a senior you are praying that when you wake up it will be your graduation day. If you’re anything like me, you’re finding it next to impossible to do anything school related or even so much as care because you can already hear your name being announced to an auditorium full of your friends and family. This feeling, my friends, is senioritis.
Both times that I’ve been blessed to reach this stage of nearly completing a scholastic endeavor, I have spent the last few months trying to will the days to pass faster, being PAINFULLY annoyed by teachers asking me to do anything remotely school related, and putting off assignments to the last possible minute. With only about 12 weeks left until I can add “MPH” behind my name, I’m recognizing those all too familiar feelings of senioritis. Unfortunately for me, this is the worst time for me to lose momentum because I have to start studying for the MCAT again. I’m going to need everything I’ve got to dominate this test this time around so I had to find some ways to fight my senioritis. It is my strong hope that these 5 tips to ward off senioritis will help me and any other suffering senior.
Start planning for life after graduation.
Graduation will be here before you know it and you will be doing yourself a real disservice to not have a plan. You need to know when you will have to start repaying your student loans and how much you’ll need to pay. You can start looking for a job in your new field or decide if you are going to pursue even higher education.
Enjoy your remaining time as a student.
Your days of enjoying student discounts are quickly coming to an end so you better enjoy them! If you’re at a school with amazing athletics, make sure you catch as many sporting events as you can. There is nothing like sitting in the student section and cheering on your team.
Reward yourself for staying on task.
It is amazing what people can get me to do if there is a reward involved. Since I’m working and in school, I’ve been struggling basically since I’ve started. I’ve motivated myself to not just get through it but to do well by rewarding myself for good grades. I’ve gifted myself purses, shoes, clothes, and new electronics for a little pat on the back. On a smaller scale, you can reward yourself with an hour of TV for completing a homework assignment.
Keep up with your daily routine.
A major key to not falling into a slump is maintaining your typical daily activities. If you have a study schedule or classes every Tuesday and Thursday, you’ll want to still do those things. Once you start skipping class, it’s hard to start going again (trust me I know).
Hit the gym.
Whenever I go to the gym I feel motivated in all aspects of life. I literally feel invincible after a good work out. Working out also gives me a ton of energy. These two things combined are really useful to help push through the last few months of school.
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Have you ever had senioritis? What are your tips for seniors struggling to stay motivated these last few months?