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Finishing Strong: 5 Tips for Managing Senioritis

You’re on the home stretch, high school seniors. Congrats!

While it might be tempting to slack off now, we encourage you to think twice. Keep in mind that college admission staff are still watching—your senior year does matter. If you find yourself struggling to stay motivated, we have five tips for managing the common symptoms of senioritis and finishing strong.

1. Set mini-goals. Sometimes our workload seems insurmountable and our motivation dwindles. During these times, break up your work into small, manageable goals and reward yourself for progress. For example, you might say “after I write two pages of my research paper, I can spend some time on Instagram or go grab a coffee.” To avoid panicking, remember to space out your work in between due dates so that your work and mental health don’t suffer. All-nighters are no fun and can be easily avoided with proper planning. Speaking of planning, you might find that a paper planner, digital calendar, or setting reminders on your phone can help you stay organized.

2. Think outside the box. Assuming you have met your credit requirements, your senior year can be the perfect time to explore non-traditional courses. For example, maybe you’ve always been interested in personal fitness and your school might offer a weightlifting class. Your enthusiasm about a new course may help offset the stress from more challenging subjects. As a bonus, you may discover a new hobby!

3. Have a heart-to-heart. Be honest with your parents, teachers, guidance counselor, pastor, and other trusted leaders in your life about your concerns. Or, seek out an older mentor, perhaps someone already in college, who can help you navigate this exciting but often anxious time. What fears or reservations do you have that might be holding you back from focusing? Sometimes just having an understanding ear can help you put things into perspective and keep you accountable. Keeping a close relationship with the Lord also helps relieve fears and give you joy for the journey.

4. Stay involved. Not only are extracurricular activities good for making you more well-rounded an individual, they also can add to your overall marketability to college recruiters. If you aren’t really involved now, why not make the most of your last few months in high school? Studies have found that students who are more involved in clubs, athletics and other activities tend to do better in school. If these aren’t your thing, that’s okay. Regular exercise can help you manage stress and maintain overall health. Along with activity, don’t forget to get enough sleep and eat properly. Both can affect focus and performance.

5. Keep the big picture in mind. You may want high school to be over, but it’s a necessary step to entering the next exciting chapter in your life. You’ve come too far to slack off now. Keep in mind that colleges and universities have been known to revoke admission to their school when students-to-be–especially those offered scholarships–have slipped in their final months. Don’t give up the hard work you’ve already put in for temporary distraction. You’ve got this!
Are you ready to take the next step in your college enrollment? Connect with your admissions counselor to finalize your enrollment today. Finish strong so you can start your new adventure with no regrets!

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