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Avoiding senioritis

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Posted: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 5:39 pm

This one’s for the students:

Spring break comes at the right time, don’t you think? A week or two of free time just as the world is waking up from winter. Kids can stretch their legs outside and relax before facing the final leg of the school year.

The problem with spring break is its other name: the summer tease. The break is just long enough to convince our impressionable bodies that summer time is here and the time for studying indoors has passed.  It can feel like an insurmountable feat of strength to head back into the classroom.

This is especially true for high school seniors. It’s not just summer freedom on the horizon; it’s the whole world of opportunities.

That feeling of wanting to be anywhere but the hallways of school is commonly known as senioritis, and it can be tough to shrug it off.

But what if you’ve already been accepted into college? You’re in the clear, right? Wrong. Colleges can put you on academic probation if your grades drop after acceptance and enrollment, which sets you behind before you set foot on campus.

So be ready. Go into the final months of school with a plan to keep yourself from getting bored or distracted.

Give yourself weekly incentives: a coffee date with friends on Fridays in return for focusing in class. Or keep a calendar of all your activities so assignments don’t pile up at the end. That’s one frustration we all want to avoid.

Face it. School is where you’ve got to be for a few hours a day. Make the most of your time there so schoolwork doesn’t spill over into what little free time you do have.

Speaking of free time, isn’t there some sunshine outside you should be enjoying right now? 

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