Tips for Seniors Nearing Graduation


Dean Esmail, Senior Staff Writer

Senioritis: a term defined as a “supposed affliction of students in their final year of high school or college, characterized by a decline in motivation or performance,” is a phenomenon that takes precedence over a wealth of students every year. This so called “affliction” can affect even the best of students in high school. After all, students have just struggled through three intense academic years, devoting hours of work into getting the grades needed for college. They may also have been involved in many extracurricular activities, which required both attendance and participation. And now, senior year presents its own set of challenges. While a senior may still be faced with the aforementioned work, he or she is adding college and scholarship applications into the mix. Students are faced with more work than ever, and all they want to do is take a load off and relax as a result.

Now while it may be tempting to throw in the towel and to cut down on efforts, a student’s decisions in his or her senior year can still directly influence the rest of one’s life. For instance, not applying to a school one might excel at may be enticing, especially if he or she doesn’t feel like studying for the ACT again or doesn’t have enough time to write the essays on an application. Therefore, this writer is going to share some advice to keep seniors motivated, and to help students achieve their goals in the least stressful way possible.

1. Organize your college deadlines.
Many students are overwhelmed by senior year due to affairs such as college and scholarship applications, college essays, and recommendation letters. Students may not want to start devoting themselves to work of any kind in their last year of high school, but the earlier one starts the process, the easier it will be. Set deadlines straight away. When are my college applications due? How long do I really have to write my essays? When do I have to take my ACT or SAT? These are all questions students should be asking themselves when making their deadlines. Tony Dattilo, senior at Hubbard High School, says, “I found that organizing deadlines really helped make my senior year a lot easier.“ Making deadlines might be stressful now, but the fulfilling stress relief is well worth it.

2. Don’t neglect your actual schoolwork.
It can be really appealing to let school work pass by and build up unexpectedly. After all, that essay on Hamlet can’t possibly be as important as the college essay that might determine whether or not you get into your dream school, right? Cam Resatar, senior at Hubbard High School, says that, “Sometimes I get so preoccupied with writing my essays, I forget we even have homework.” Prioritization is important, but it’s also pretty important that one doesn’t just neglect schoolwork. Not only do colleges and universities still look at grades and work throughout one’s senior year, it’s important for a senior student, too. Letting one’s study habits slide into chaos now won’t set anybody up very well for college.

3. Don’t forget to have fun!
While students may have loads of work to complete during their senior year, this is the last time teens and all their friends will be in the same place at the same time. Take time during the senior year to spend time and enjoy activities together. Attend school football games, go out to dinner with friends, go to prom, socialize on weekends. Many relationships may dwindle when friends go on to different colleges, so cherish the memories being made right now. You’ll miss those days and those friends very soon.
High school is experienced only once, so students should enjoy it while they can.
If students follow these tips and avoid becoming a victim to senioritis, then they can make the most of their senior year, and hopefully lead a life of success.