So you are attending college and are accepted, so no more homework? Wrong. As a senior in highschool, students are still required to report their final grades for conditional admission. Meaning that it is unreasonable for student’s to suddenly stop trying in school because colleges have the ability to rescind admission.
There is no doubt that the majority of students graduating this year have grown bored of distance learning. Most students associate “senioritis” with the meaning of lacking motivation and a sense of boredom within the curriculum. Additionally, the yearly occurrence of “senioritis” is stronger than ever during the ongoing pandemic.
The majority of students lack this motivation after college acceptances, after non stop college preparation work and the second semester ending soon, high school seniors are “burnt out” and need some time to recharge. Although spring break is around the corner, there is no rule book to magically cure laziness and automatically fix falling grades. However, suggestions to gain a better work ethic begins here.
Put down your phone, take a break off zoom before starting homework for the day. Digital downtime is a hefty challenge for teenagers because the media relies on the latest news. However, technology affects the developing brain and thought process with addictive patterns and the ability to pay attention in class.
“Although it takes a lot of self control, I try to leave my phone in the kitchen at least three days of the week during zoom classes. It helps me listen to lengthy lectures without the urge to check my phone when it is not next to me, ” said Anna Schmitz (‘21).
Another solution to regaining motivation and a reasonable work ethic is exercise! Unfortunately because of the pandemic, gyms are closed however any physical activity outside can help refresh and feel more energized to begin working again.
“Every five days of the week I get up around 6:30am and I either run or walk on a trail outside. It is a great way to start my day and I feel ready and awake for class, ” said Alisa Ottaway (‘21).
Whether it is taking time away from technology or going on a walk around a neighborhood, it is essential to stay motivated during the pandemic especially within school. Senioritis is normal amongst graduating high school students however working hard requires maintaining self care and recharging yourself physically and mentally throughout the semesters.