The Epidemic

May 12, 2016


ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOLERS: There seems to have been an outbreak of a disease plaguing a class of students. Symptoms include: lack of motivation, feeling physically fatigued by the thought or mention of school, taking all elective classes, refusal to show up to first period, and saying the phrase, “I’m done,” or “You know what, I’m out of here in a few months, I just don’t even care any more”. If you haven’t figured out at this point, the illness currently taking over our campus is Senioritis. It is believed to have no cure that is known about at this time, but don’t worry; if you or someone you know is currently suffering from Senioritis, I have the solution for you. Here are a few ways that you can remain positive and stay motivated… without skipping school.


First, GET SLEEP! This seems like a no-brainer, but it is so important that you take care of yourself and get around 8 hours of sleep. This is not only for motivation, but also to stay in good physical and mental health.


More often than not, Seniors have experienced the most stress, and that’s because it’s built up over time since the freshman year. A lot of times that causes us to become lazy and less motivated. While, it’s hard to change the fact that you have to go to school, it’s very important to acknowledge the stressors in your life that may be the very reason for your Senioritis-like symptoms. That way, once you address the problem you can work out ways to fix it.


While this may seem a little cliche, another huge way to improve your self-motivation is to think about what you want to do as an adult. Whether or not you know exactly what you want for yourself (it’s perfectly normal and common not to,) setting goals for yourself can help you tremendously because it gives you a reason to keep moving forward when you have your eye set on the prize.


Last but not least, it’s crucial to let yourself relax every now and then. While you may be thinking too much relaxation is why Senioritis exists, the most important thing is to not let stress build up so much that you give up on school. It’s still important that you work hard in school, however you should also learn to reward yourself with a break after you complete certain tasks.


That’s all for now. I hope you are able to use these tips to help you in ditching your Senioritis behind.

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