Senioritis is Not an Actual Illness

Author: Kristen Keller

How to Finish the School Year Strong

Finals. Prom. College decisions. It’s all happening so fast! Although many high school seniors are preparing to walk across the stage and graduate with their best friends, there’s a lot of work to be done before graduation day. And even though the end of high school can be stressful, seniors can minimize frustration by following these tips as they get ready to start the next chapter.

Find Opportunities to Grow

High school years are full of opportunity. This is the time to learn about yourself and understand the type of person you want to be. The past four years helped develop your character, just as the next four years will. Continue to seek out chances to progress, whether it is in the classroom, in sports or in life.

“Always look at life as an opportunity to grow, develop and learn so that you never want to take any day off and you don’t want to make any excuses. Life never stops. You can't just take off the last half of senior year. There are always opportunities to make things happen; you just can't stop working.”

Bruce Keogh

Wayne Hills High School (Wayne, N.J.) Guidance Counselor

Keep Working Hard

There are only a couple of months left of high school, but that doesn’t mean you can slack! Finishing out the year the same way you began will benefit you in the long run.

“Senioritis is not a legal definition for a disease or illness. Keep plugging away. Put in the work and [you] should be fine.”

Sean Burke

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (Alexandria, Va.) Counselor

Enjoy the Moment

Don’t wish away the present. While it’s exciting to think about going to college or leaving your hometown, it’s important to appreciate today and just enjoy the journey.

“Stay in the moment, don’t worry about what is coming, and don’t be sad about what was. Just simply enjoy every single event and celebration as you finish out the year.”

Beth Hicks

Assumption High School (Louisville, Ky.) Senior Guidance Counselor

Go at Your Own Pace

Although it might seem like everyone around you has it all figured out, you can be sure that they haven’t! It’s important to remember that you don’t need to have every detail planned out. Some people already know where they will attend college and what they want to major in, but it’s OK if you don’t. Take some time and make your decision at a time that’s right for you.

“The reality is that you’re 17 and don’t have to have it all figured out before you graduate. It’s perfectly OK to go to college and spend a year or two taking classes and discovering what you like and what you don’t like.”

Bryan Bruckman

Saline High School (Saline, Mich.) Guidance Counselor

By remembering these tips, high school seniors will not only continue to excel in school, but they will enjoy the journey to graduation – and beyond. The life in front of you is big, exciting and sometimes a little intimidating. Remember, control what you can and try to enjoy the experience of figuring the rest out, at a pace that is right for you.


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