The fall semester has come to a close, and spring is quickly approaching. For most high school seniors, the final months of school can be a blessing or a curse: graduation is just around the corner; summer is in the air; college applications are complete. Eking through those last months of homework, exams, and college decisions can be grueling.
“Senioritis,” a terrible affliction that affects millions of high school students, hits around January and February when seniors lose motivation to finish homework and attend classes, and have a dismissive attitude towards school in general. Sound familiar, seniors?
Don’t let the end-of-school funk let your grades drop or spoil those last precious months. Giving in to senioritis can be a big mistake, and colleges notice as they keep track of your performance even after receiving your application. “Admission officers can ask a student to explain a drop in grades and can revoke an offer of admission if not satisfied with the response,” according to the College Board.
How can you combat this so-called malady? Here are four steps to nip senioritis in the bud and continue to impress not only your parents and teachers, but also your top college choices:
1. Enroll in engaging electives. By the last semester of senior year, you will have fulfilled the majority of the necessary classes to graduate. Why not take an elective or two that sparks your interest and could even help you choose a major? Electives can challenge you academically and impress college admissions on your transcript. Talk to your school counselor about your options.
2. Find an interesting internship or independent study opportunity. Boost your transcript while learning something new and exploring an area of study. You can learn valuable skills, such as time management, organization, and self-discipline before being released into the independent world of college. Do your research and talk to your school counselor before choosing an option.
3. Set achievable short- and long-term goals. Stay on track during your final months of high school. Short-term goals, such as earning a high grade on an essay, and long-term goals, like raising your GPA, will help you keep your head in the academic game. Keep a daily checklist of these goals.
4. Have fun and find time to relax. The end of high school, waiting to hear back from colleges, and saying goodbye to your friends and family can be a stressful time. Remember to take care of your body and mind by spending time with friends and family, attending sporting events and extracurricular activities, and looking for “me” time through self-reflection and goal planning.