March 6, 2022 by Herlinda Zevallos
Even with the finish line in reach, you may be battling to stay motivated during your senior year as your graduation date approaches. The thought of slacking your responsibilities begins to sound more tempting. The silly term that has been created to describe these feelings is senioritis. It means a loss of interest in academics that develops as students near the end of their school careers. Even if you attempt to tell yourself differently, your senior year is still important. You want to look back on your senior year and be proud of what you accomplished. You want to feel like you have given it your all. Remember that you are not alone in feeling this way. As a senior in the same position as you, I am going to introduce you to five strategies to help you stay motivated during your senior year.
1. Stay Organized throughout your Senior Year
As you begin your senior year, you go to the nearest store to buy a planner or an agenda. You tell yourself you will stay on track this year and begin writing down all deadlines and events. The last few weeks of the semester are usually the busiest. A packed schedule combined with a lack of motivation can mean trouble. You tend to forget about the planner you bought to help you. If you find yourself in this scenario, a way to help you improve is to begin using your planner or download a productivity app. People tend to underestimate the power of a planner. As you begin checking things off, it instills a sense of accomplishment and motivation to move on to the next task.
Some recommended apps for productivity:
- Todoist – https://todoist.com/downloads
- Trello – https://trello.com/en-US/platforms
- myHomework Student Planner – https://myhomeworkapp.com/apps
2. Set Goals for your Senior Year
As you are beginning to get organized, make sure to create goals for yourself as you get organized and you will have something to strive for. Setting goals promotes the development of clarity about your direction and the understanding of what is important and what is not. Setting goals empowers you to take charge of your life, and as you achieve them, you’ll acquire confidence and passion for going forward.
3. Stay Healthy
Keep up with and develop healthy activity, nutrition, and sleeping habits because your mental health is impacted by your physical health. Sitting down at a desk and doing assignments can be mentally and physically exhausting. Remember to take breaks. Go on a brisk 5-minute walk or cook a healthy recipe you saw on Instagram because any kind of healthy activity will help you improve. Taking care of yourself will make it easier to remain on top of your work and avoid falling behind during your last year.
4. Visualize your Future
During your senior year, you might have a general idea of what you would like to pursue post-graduation. You also might not. Either way, it is completely okay. Start searching different career paths that correlate with your major or a related field. Do not forget the resources your university provides! They can help answer questions about careers, interviews, or your resume. Once you have narrowed down some options, it will help you begin imagining your future and create new goals. A strong mindset will support you in maintaining the end of this stage in your life so that you may go on to the next.
5. Take Time for Yourself
Along with meeting deadlines and looking for jobs, make sure you are setting time out of your day or week for yourself. The more time you commit to getting things done, the more time you will have for yourself! Having time to yourself does not always imply that you must be alone. You could hang out with friends, enjoy a nice book, or even snooze. You may also want to adjust your schedule to help find more time for yourself. Having an additional 30 minutes in the morning, whether it’s lounging in bed, browsing through social media, or going for a morning jog, allows you to get a head start on your day. Remember it is your senior year! Have fun and make memories you will never forget!
If you implement any of these strategies during your senior year, it will help you prevent senioritis and strive towards your main goal, graduation. The end of your journey is not senior year. It is just a rest stop on the way to your bright future. You must strive to evolve into the type of person who will make you proud. As you become older, the abilities you are acquiring become even more valuable. It is up to you to keep working on developing these talents and prepare for the real world.
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