While not listed in the latest edition of The Merck Manual, Senioritis is nevertheless a very real ailment. Its debilitating symptoms should not be underestimated. Given how hard you have worked throughout the high school ‘race’, it would be a shame to transform into a slouch during the very last lap–especially because the high school race is just one race in a series of races. And poor performance in any one race can have a negative effect on future races.
While of course you should be very happy that you have been admitted to a college, you should not stop developing your own sense of self and your own passions. Here are some tips for overcoming Senioritis:
1. Start researching the city you’ll be in next fall (if you’re leaving for college). Read the local news, check out restaurant reviews, etc. Staying excited about college may help you stay energized through the high school finish line.
2. Set aside time for reading books for pleasure. Reading books for fun–books that you have been wanting to read but have not had the time to read–will keep your mind fresh and your writing smooth.
3. If your school offers a range of electives, try one you have always wanted to take but have not taken because of AP classes, SAT prep, and other activities.
4. Use this time as a chance to get to know classmates you do not normally spend time with.
5. Join a club.
6. Reach out to teachers and see if they have any general advice on college. Most teachers will be more than happy to share some thoughts based on their own experiences and what they’ve observed in past students over the years.
7. Work hard straight through the finish so that you can truly enjoy the euphoria that is the last day of high school. On the wait-list to your dream college? Then this is even more important.
8. Even though college applications are over, keep in mind that the brain is constantly learning and changing. Keep moving forward and keep learning new things. What is your passion?
9. Use this time as a low-stakes opportunity to experiment with your study habits. Always study in the student center? Try studying in the library one afternoon. Always do your homework really late at night? Try going to sleep early and waking up early. Much better to experiment now, in your senior spring, than during midterm season next fall.
For more tips, be sure to check out the Yale Admissions Tumblr page, where current Yale students offer tips on dealing with senioritis.