MAY 3RD, 2018

Every year people across the nation lose out on their chance for scholarships and even get their acceptance letters revoked due to a drop in grades at the end of the school year. This time is difficult to be sure. After passing over the bump in the middle of the school year, filled with college deadlines, midterms, and stress in general, it’s tempting to let your passing grades all slip out of your hands. Now that we’re entering the last stretch of the school year, it seems that the last thing we should be doing is to kick back and relax. However, any athlete will let you know that the end of a race is hardly the time to slow down. If anything, these are the moments we need to be giving it our all.

I have found in my time in high school that senioritis comes from two different places. Either it stems from an apathy for school itself or it comes from being so overworked that things start to slip.

For the latter, there are a few things that can still be done. Making a list of all the things you need to do is a good start. From there, making arrangements to stay after class- both during lunch and afterschool- to work on that list and moving around time with friends is also vital. It’s stressful but once the list is even half cleared, it’ll be not only be a weight off your shoulders, but will give you the time to relax- something that is very necessary.

A good thing to remember is that you should turn in your late work. It’s true many teachers on campus don’t take late work but the jump that happens when you turn it in is monumental.  A 50% is much better than a 0%. It’s not perfect, but worrying about perfect is a good way to never get anything done.

At the end of the day, when all is said and done, it’s good to remember that these grades do not define you. It goes against what I’ve said but by putting aside the worth that grades give you and instead focusing on their importance within this situation alone, you’ll be able to better forgive yourself for any mistakes you may have made. Yes, it’s important to finish this year strong. Yet, it’s also important to realize that if you do your best, then you can walk out of here with your head held high. If you honestly give your all, no one can ever ask more from you.



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