As the Class of 2018 enters the second semester of their senior year, much of the motivation that has driven us for the past three and a half years feels like it might be running out. Commonly given the moniker “senioritis,” this extreme loss of motivation and drive to put effort and pride into one’s work affects nearly all second-semester seniors. Despite the jokes made about the affliction, its widespread effects are overall very detrimental to seniors’ academic performance. Although most people have applied, or even received acceptances, to their respective colleges, it is important to keep your academic performance high for other reasons.
- Scholarships: According to the Chattahoochee High School counseling department, the majority of scholarship money is given out in the Spring Semester. You should put energy towards your grades and applications for scholarships to ease the financial burden on your parents or on your future self. There are scholarships for just about everything now, so you can really get a lot out of applying.
- Maintaining pride in your work: Although this may be a lame one, it is a legitimate reason. Some of your teachers may be writing recommendations for college or scholarships for you, and losing all motivation the second half of the year doesn’t exactly impress anyone. Additionally, the work you turn in still represents who you are as a student. If this has ever mattered to you, it should continue to matter through the last six months.
- Summer programs: Many summer programs, such as internships or academic summer opportunities, look at your grades and participation in community and club events throughout your senior year of high school, including the second semester. If there is any possibility you might want to spend your summer doing something other than watching Netflix and playing video games, try to keep your grades up and your participation high.
- Graduate school: If you plan to go to graduate school, you should already know how competitive it is and how much more competitive it is getting. Some graduate programs require a high school transcript in which they pay the most attention to your higher level classes, yeah, the ones you take your junior and senior year. That seventy-four you got in AP Physics might not impress your dream school’s admissions counselor.
- Developing a work ethic to carry you into college: Similar to the “maintaining pride” reason, this one isn’t exactly cool. However, it is probably the most important reason on this list. In college, you can’t take a test without studying or never do homework and pull out an eighty-eight by the end of the year. Throughout your final semester of high school, keeping up your work ethic is more important than ever because this work ethic will follow you into the most academically important four years of your life.
Obviously, it is very easy to give up on your grades and activities and to give in to the hype of “senioritis” in those final six months of high school. However, working hard and staying involved with your community can have great benefits for you that might even set you apart from others. If you’re about to be a second semester senior, stay motivated! You got this!