Written by Christine Gill

Avoid Early-Onset Senioritis!

The Dictionary defines Senioritis as “a supposed affliction of students in their final year of high school or college, characterized by a decline in motivation or performance.” I can speak from personal experience, that it is just that. However, some, including myself, suffer from this early on in their high school experience. Sometimes, it even occurs first semester your freshman year! Here’s why you want to avoid this NOW:

1.    First of all, if you’re a freshman or sophomore and you have Senioritis, you have a long road ahead of you.

2.    Colleges look at ALL of your grades, yes, even your freshman year grades. And these grades are what will make or break your qualification for merit scholarships when it comes time to apply to college.

3.    Colleges look at your senior year grades as well. Even after you commit to a school, at the end of the year you must send your updated transcript to the school and they can decide to revoke your acceptance if they want.

4.    Getting bad grades makes senior year miserable when it should be close to painless and fun!

Obviously I realize that this is easier said than done. I will be the first to admit that staying motivated late into senior year, or honestly any year is hard. Here are some tips and tricks on how to keep yourself motivated throughout the school year:

1.    Know your limits: Don’t take classes that you know are too difficult for you. Challenging yourself is always good, but only if you’re able to recognize when it becomes too much.

2.    Instead of procrastinating doing your homework, get it done right when you get home. That way, you’ll be able to relax the rest of the night and the next day of school will be less stressful.

3.    Get your work done during school so you don’t have to bring as much home.

4.    Make sure to stay organized – organization will motivate you and help you get work done well, and efficiently.

5.    Keep your eyes on the prize! Stay focused on why you want to work hard for good grades!

6.    If you do well in school, you will have less stress in your life, more free time to go to sporting events, activities, and most importantly, your parents will be off your back.

7.      Don’t forget to have fun and enjoy your senior year!

Being an upperclassman is a blast, so stay motivated and kick that senioritis to the curb!


Written By: Grace Brown & Scout Stackhouse


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Christine Gill