What To Do When the Senioritis Sets In
As we edge closer and closer to spring break, we seniors can’t help but daydream of graduation day. But, alas, there are still a couple months of classes left to endure before the day arrives. Most of you seniors out there have probably been feeling the overwhelming nonchalance known as “senioritis”. As much as you don’t want to do your homework, it’s going to keep coming anyway. So, here are some surefire ways to persevere through your last weeks of class.
So. It’s February. We’re almost on spring break. After that, it’s one and a half months until the big day: graduation. As much as we all love it here, most of us are ready to start the next chapters of our lives. Some of us have been since September. If you have been feeling absolutely no desire to complete any of your schoolwork, then I hereby diagnose you with senioritis. Common symptoms include procrastination, lack of that same “joie de vivre” for schoolwork you had as a freshman (or didn’t have, I don’t know your life), and deciding that some assignments just aren’t worth your time. Never fear! This is a common condition among those in our age group. Yet there is one undeniable fact that cannot be ignored. All of those assignments you have been putting off are going to pile up and teachers will not hesitate to put zeros into WIS for said assignments. For those applying to college, most colleges reserve the right to take away acceptances and scholarships if your grades drop too much in the spring.
“Oh no, Anthony! What are we going to do? I have all this work, but no motivation to do it!”, you may be saying. Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. Here is a list of all my tips and tricks on how to push through senioritis.
1) Make schedules.
This one has been an absolute godsend this year. If your schedule has been like mine this year, you have a lot going on (maybe a bit too much, but that’s a discussion for a different day). To make sure you don’t forget to go to that important meeting or miss your sports practice, create your schedule for the week over the weekend. This way, you can start your Monday with a clear overview of what your week looks like. Oftentimes, when we don’t know exactly what we have to do, it becomes a cloud that can weigh us down. Firmly establishing what you need to do and where you need to be will take away some of the uncertainty. Try using iCalendar or Google Calendar (this one especially works well for those learning virtually, where you can just accept your invitations to class and it inputs the link right into your calendar).
Also, plan out when you are going to do which individual assignments. This will allow you to figure when you can socialize with friends, as well as make that massive list on your WIS assignment center a bit less intimidating.
2) Work hard first, play hard second.
As difficult as this one may seem, doing your work first will open up a lot of space in your brain. Procrastination seems tempting, but while you procrastinate, that lingering dread of homework looms in the back of your mind. Get it out of the way sooner, and you won’t have to stress about it the rest of your day.
3) Make the most of your breaks.
Free time is a coveted luxury these days, so when you find some you really need to take advantage of it. No, I don’t mean scrolling through TikTok for four hours. As tempting as it seems, is endlessly scrolling really going to fill that deep void in your soul longing for spiritual fulfillment and true meaning beyond the incessant schoolwork? If the answer is yes, I applaud your low standards of entertainment. But for the rest of us, what should you be doing during your free time that when you have more work to do, you can say “I am refreshed, I am recharged, I am ready to take on new challenges”? Do something you are passionate about, go outside and take a walk (as boring as it seems, a nice walk around campus during golden hour slaps WAY harder than you would expect it to), or take a short nap if you’re living the sleep-deprived life. Whatever it is, ask yourself if you will feel ready to get back to work once you have done it and the ambrosial feeling of having nothing to do inevitably comes to an end.
Check out “The Mid-Winter Slump: How to Deal and What to Do” by Abbie Giles for more ideas on how to get out of your February funk.