Anika Isom Editor in Chief As school begins, so does the onslaught of information about the future. College or work? Mission or gap year? The possibilities seem endless! As a newly minted senior, the expectations can seem crushing. So what can we do to keep our grades and mental health intact? I have some suggestions for all of our students and those suffering from early “senioritis”- a condition that leaves many feeling unmotivated and apathetic about their education.
1.) Keep up good study habits. I know, this isn’t the easiest thing to do, but it’s essential. No matter what path you take after high school, you will never have the opportunities you gain here. Where else can you take a college class for free? The knowledge we have access to is mind- boggling! Make sure you soak it all in, because high school only happens once. Even though it can be hard, studying helps us gain perspective and self-control. If you’re having a hard time, try breaking it up! Study for thirty minutes and then grab a quick snack or do something you enjoy for ten minutes. Your body and brain will thank you.
2.) Enjoy the experience. High school only happens once- so be sure to pay attention to all the things going on around you. Go to a football game or join a club. Maybe high school hasn’t been the best experience for you- but that doesn’t mean you can’t change your experience! Find someone new to sit with at lunch, or join a cause you feel passionate about. Share your thoughts about high school with the newspaper! We’re always open to submissions! Enjoy your friendships, and most importantly, enjoy yourself.
3.) Take a break. With all the applications, homework, and activities, it’s easy to burn out. Take some time for yourself- try journaling or enjoying a low-key movie night with friends. Netflix is always great! Do something simple- like cleaning your room! It may not seem like much of a break, but trust me: it’s much easier to focus when you have a clean environment. The most important thing here is to relax. Social media can be fun, but can also be extremely time consuming. Lay off the memes for a while and get outside. Enjoy your relationships with your family and tell the important people in your life how much you love them. Yes, high school is important, but that doesn’t mean you should sacrifice your mental health!
So how do you crush senioritis? By relaxing, enjoying the experience, and keeping up good habits. It’s hard, but still totally doable. These crazy, stressful, busy years called high school can feel endless, but they’re really only a small slice of our life. Let’s make it worth it!