It’s hard to believe your senior year is already half-done, isn’t it? Hopefully, you were able to relax and recharge over your Winter Break! Now that you are beginning your third quarter (or second semester), you may feel as though the end of the school year is right around the corner – and it is!

Many seniors suffer from “senioritis” – namely, feeling like their workload is too overwhelming and subsequently giving up. It’s easy to fall into this trap, especially when you’ve already put so much effort into your post-high school plans…and the end is so near in sight!

The second half of your senior year is still important, though. The colleges you’ve applied to will see your grades and the activities you’ve been involved in throughout your entire senior year, so it’s a good idea to continue to stay motivated and do your best.Image that reads Happy New Year

Here are a few New Year’s resolutions you may want to adopt in order to help you finish out the school year as successfully as possible:

  1. I will seek help when I need it.

Your grades in the second half of your senior year are still important to the college(s) you’ve applied to – so if you’re feeling like you’re struggling, seek help! Begin by seeking help from your teachers. They may be able to help you out, and if they can’t, they might be able to point you to helpful resources.

 If your teacher can’t assist you at all, you can find out whether or not your school offers tutoring resources. If you are searching for help with something concrete like a mathematical formula or when to use a gerund, you may also be able to find useful videos online.
  1. I will avoid burnout.

The best way to avoid burnout in your senior year is to take care of yourself. When you are feeling overwhelmed, find ways to decompress – listen to music, journal, spend time with friends, watch a funny video, etc. It is probably better to take a few short breaks (emphasis on “short”!) than to try to slog straight through tedious work.

Also, don’t be afraid to talk to trusted adults when you are struggling with personal problems. Sometimes having some outside perspective can help you organize your thoughts and figure out how to cope with issues that are weighing on you.

  1. I will get involved/ I will stay involved!

Another way you can stave off senioritis is by getting involved in clubs, sports, volunteering, or other extracurricular activities. Although it may seem counterintuitive to add more to your plate when you are already stressed out, a new hobby could help motivate you to stay on track so that you could continue pursuing that interest.

If you are already involved in extracurricular activities, I would urge you to stay involved with them. Just as you should be shooting to finish strongly in your classes, you would be benefitted by staying involved in those other activities. Colleges admire commitment, and strengthening that trait would likely also be beneficial on a personal level.

 

Now, with those three resolutions in mind, go out and conquer the remainder of your senior year!