A few months before graduation Senioritis sweeps the nation bringing laziness, plenty of fatigue, and apathy towards anything from grades and homework to general appearance. It’s a condition that seems to be inevitable as the end of your high school years rapidly approach.
Senioritis happens to the best of us. Most people accept it and go with the flow, but there are some things you can do to combat it and make it through your final days of school with some dignity. Here are some symptoms and tips to fix them:
- Hitting the Snooze Button Five Times
The sound of your alarm clock gets more irritating by the day. You think, “what’s five more minutes?” but when you’re actually ready to crawl out of bed, 20 minutes have gone by.
The fix: Change your alarm to your favorite radio station to wake up in a better mood. Keep the clock far from your bed so you’re forced to get up to turn it off.
- Wearing Sweats All. The. Time.
When even jeans are too uncomfortable and you can’t find the energy to put more than five minutes into getting dressed, senioritis is likely the cause.
The fix: Think like the plastics from “Mean Girls” and pick one day of the week to wear sweatpants. If you can’t keep your goal, avoid washing comfy clothing. Yes, it’s gross, but you’re more likely to grab for the good clothes.
- Naps Become Part of Your Everyday Routine
The amount of work becomes so overwhelming that you choose not to deal with it by sleeping. Without your daily nap, normal brain function just becomes impossible.
The fix: Long naps can actually make you more tired. Short naps are best if you need a little revival. Reward yourself with a 20- to 30-minute nap when you complete an assignment. You get work done but you also get your much-needed break.
- Ears Attuned Only to the Sound of the Bell
Class drags on to the point where you zone out from all the talking and wait for the bell like a runner waits for the gun to fire.
The fix: Keep yourself busy the entire time. Take detailed notes. Plan and read over your schedule for the next week. Sit next to a friend and keep each other focused.
- Binge-Watching Netflix
Sometimes it’s not even your favorite shows. You settle into the couch for just a couple episodes, and before you know it midnight has arrived and you’re on episode 10.
The fix: Unplugging your cable or Internet connection seems extreme, but it’ll help you accomplish work for a few hours.
- Doing Homework Only if It’s Worth More Than 5 Percent of Your Grade
You look at all your upcoming tests and projects, but the only ones you notice are the big things worth half your grade. Anything 5 percent or less doesn’t matter.
The fix: Small assignments add up over time, and zeros will surely bring your grade down. Think of it this way: Smaller assignments are easier, faster and a perfect way to procrastinate the big things.
- Finding a Million Reasons to Skip Class
Bad weather; you won’t get there on time; you’ll look silly running for the bus: Whatever excuse it is, you’ll find it if it means skipping.
The fix: Finding time to get ready is a big part of showing up to class. Do two things at once, like putting makeup on in the car. Believe it or not, 27 percent of women do this every day.
- Persistent Eye Contact With Your Desk
When you haven’t done the reading or homework, your desk suddenly seems very interesting. To avoid being called on, you refuse to make eye contact with the teacher and start doodling.
The fix: Come to class prepared in whatever form you can, whether that’s doing all the homework or at least skimming. Participate once or more to get involved and earn those participation points.
- Attached to Your Smartphone Like It’s an IV
Technology officially takes over your life at this point. You can’t live without your phone and you feel a sense of satisfaction at every new text or update.
The fix: Use your phone as both a relaxing and educational tool. Downloading digital textbooks to read during class is becoming very popular, and it’s better than lugging around 10 pounds of books in your backpack.
- Denial About All the Work You Have to Do
Books get shoved under the bed. Rubrics for upcoming essays are buried under stacks of papers, and you’re probably not moving one muscle to find them.
The fix: To-do lists are simple but helpful. As soon as you know when something is due, add it to your list. Tack that list on a billboard. Stick it on the fridge. Keep it in sight and relish in the pleasure of crossing something off when you complete it.
- Last-Minute Scrambles to Complete Your Work
When everything gets put off to the last minute, you become a hurried, frantic mess like a fast-motion character in a silent film.
The fix: Take your work one step at a time. It doesn’t all have to be done in a day. Break it up into small, manageable pieces, even if it’s one paragraph a day for an essay due next week.
- Obsessive Planning for College
Graduation hasn’t happened and already you’re picking out new bed sheets, appliances and people to meet when you head off to college.
The fix: College is exciting to think about, but enjoy the benefits of high school while you still can. Take advantage of free time between classes to spend time with friends and live in the now. Adult life will be here before you know it.
When senioritis gets you down, remember that these last few months of high school are but a few seconds in the length of your life. They won’t last forever, so put forth your best effort and think of the next great journey that lies ahead.