It’s that time of year, friends. It’s freezing and often rainy-a.k.a perfect napping weather. It’s third quarter senior year when pretty much all college applications are complete (THANK GOD), grades seem totally irrelevant now, and all you can do is wait for graduation to finally be out of here.

Except, not really.

The “senioritis” infection can be deadly. Seriously. “Why should I even be doing homework if I’m already in college?” “Who cares about second semester? I’m graduating in three months!”

Well, I’ll tell you why its crucial that you treat this semester no less than any other over the last four years…

1. When it comes to scholarships, and even some regular decision applications, colleges are liable to request second semester reports in order to decide whether or not you’re worthy of acceptance or scholarship money.
2. Consider how much time and effort your parents have put into your high school and future college plans. Although I️ did not always attend private school, I do understand that it isn’t always easy to pay for school. My mom works three jobs to support me, my present education, and my future degree. Don’t take for granted what your parents do for you!!!!!
3. Keeping up with your study habits will create a more diligent, intelligent, productive version of yourself. What many kids who slack off in high school don’t realize is that they are often entering college completely unprepared for a rude awakening. In college, it’s extremely important to attend class, listen carefully, take assessments seriously, and really make the most of your education while you still have it. So it’s in your best interest to start with good habits in high school.

With that being said, here are 7 simple tips you can use to take on this unruly disease.

1. KEEP A CALENDAR. I️ cannot stress enough how freaking incredible calendars are. I️ always keep one to document my homework, birthdays, and important events. Even if I can remember all of the day’s tasks, color coding events and crossing them off as I complete them is one of the most satisfying feelings in the world. It gives you a sense of accomplishment as you breed more consistent study habits.
2. Get some sleep! As a second semester senior who usually never gets any sleep, this is probably super hypocritical to point out. However, never once have I denied the importance of sleep as well as its stellar health benefits.
3. Drink plenty of water. Coffee is a staple among students; however, it can become addicting. No kidding. I have a friend who gets extreme headaches if she doesn’t consume at least one cup of coffee a day. She once spent nearly $50 on coffee in one week. On the other hand, water will never do any harm to you or your bank account.
4. Minimize distractions and study smart. Let’s be real, how effective is it reaaaaally to watch Netflix while studying? Not very effective whatsoever. So do whatever you need to do to minimize distractions while you do your work, such as turning off your phone, the tv, or your laptop until all of your work is complete.
5. Set some goals. Want to leave your club off on a strong note? Coordinate meetings to brainstorm ideas for the incoming seniors. Want to volunteer more? Commit to a local soup kitchen for a few mornings. Want to end up with all A’s? Create a group study session. Make sure that your goals are able to be met within a short period of time. Use this acronym to create an effective goal: SMART. SMART stands for specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timely.
6. Get your friends in on it. Positive energy always leads to more positive energy. If you keep your friends responsible and productive, they can do the same for you!
7. Don’t give up! You are literally so close. Just three months and you’re free. Don’t give up on yourself! You can set daily reminders to give yourself a little pep talk. You can make it!!!

After three and a half challenging, fun, insane years, here you are. You’ve made it. Give yourself some credit! However, don’t throw away your hard work without finishing out strongly. 🙂

Love and Light,
Jordan Cardell