Six Ways to Stay Motivated through Senioritis


College Applications are in, and so is Senioritis. Here are six ways to get through the infamous ailment, and make the most out of the fourth quarter.

Prioritize What’s Most Important at the Moment

It’s easy to get swept up in the monsoon of work being assigned, but make sure to put the most important assignments at the top of your things to-do. By focusing your energy on the impactful worksheets, projects, and tests, you are best ensuring that your grades won’t suffer in the next few weeks. 

Set Smart Goals to Get Through the Senior Slump

Is there a class you are really close to getting an A in? Do you really want to get a 4 or 5 on that AP exam to get the college credits? Now’s the time to hone in and make those goals a reality. Set specific, attainable goals for this quarter to keep you on track for a strong finish. Try writing all of your goals for the final quarter on a note card, and hang it up somewhere within eyesight of your chromebook. The constant reminder of what you are hoping to achieve will keep you motivated to keep working through the slump. 

Plan Out What Needs to get Done to Maximize Your Time

After a long day, it may be tempting to take a four hour nap and ignore all of the assignments your teachers assigned for homework. Try making a to-do list, and map out what needs to get done and when you would like to accomplish each task. Having a comprehensive plan of what needs to get done each day will keep your thoughts organized so you will never miss a deadline. Also, who doesn’t love the satisfaction of crossing something off of a list? The days are short, so make the most of your time.

Enjoy the Warm Weather

The majority of the school year was spent pent up inside our homes due to the lovely combination of COVID-19 and the cold winter weather. Fortunately for all of us, spring has sprung and the warm weather is back. Bring your chromebooks outside, and start doing your school work under the sun. The nice weather will add that little extra serotonin we all need right now, and will give you an extra push to power through the remainder of the year. 

Don’t Forget Downtime

For everyone studying for AP exams or class finals, stepping away from school work may come with a bit of stress. Everyone wants to do well on a test, but you won’t do any better if you skip free time for extra hours of studying. Downtime is a necessity, and having time to yourself will help you clear your mind and best prepare for the next study session. Make time for friends (safely, of course), read your favorite book, catch up on the latest season of The Bachelor, or if you are me, scroll aimlessly through Tik Tok. Don’t feel guilty about taking time for yourself right now- you deserve it. 

Eyes on the Prize- Graduation is Eight Weeks Away

You read that right. Graduation is in eight weeks. I know it feels like we are all still Freshman, but we are truly wrapping up our High School experience. Take a step back and enjoy everything you have accomplished in the last four years. You have worked so hard to make it to this point, now’s not the time to slow down. The end is in sight, so keep pushing forward to make it a great last fourth quarter.