Senioritis (n): an ebbing of motivation and effort by school seniors as evidenced by tardiness, absences, and lower grades.
It may be hard to keep up the momentum senior year, especially if you’ve already received that gorgeous college acceptance letter. But it’s important to resist the urge to slack off, and instead use senior year as a segue into college. Here are a few tips for using those last few months of high school time wisely.
Keep your grades up. According to an article in The New York Times, many college admittance letters are conditional upon “the student completing high school with the same academic and personal achievements on which the offer was based.” Translation: A college can take their admittance offer back if a student performs poorly in his or her senior year. So, don’t stop studying now. You’ve come this far already, right?
Get a head start. “Challenge yourself above and beyond your high school requirements,” says Benjamin Overbey, an admissions representative at Full Sail University. “Pick up some instructional books from the library or local college bookstore related to the subjects you wish to study in college.”
Stay organized. Senior year is busy, with tests and final projects, plus deadlines for college and scholarship applications, financial aid requirements, and more. The College Board suggests keeping a calendar or day planner with a list of all tests, deadlines, and other important events.
Have some fun. Responsible fun, that is, says the College Board. While the above tips are important, it’s okay to remember that it is your last year of high school. Don’t skip out on the experiences that make you happy – be it football games, after-school clubs, or prom – just make sure that you’re leaving plenty of time for schoolwork too.