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Avoiding Senioritis: Advice From Recent Grads

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A good friend can be the best defense against senioritis.

A good friend can be the best defense against senioritis.

Dacota Dingman

Dacota Dingman

A good friend can be the best defense against senioritis.

Dacota Dingman, Staff Writer

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As we enter a new school year, the seniors officially enter their last year of high school. One thing many seniors are wondering is, how do they avoid senioritis? While being unmotivated is common for the average high schooler, it is said that this lack of motivation hits the hardest during senior year, so much so that it has been given its own name/title. The Growl asked students from the class of 2018 where senioritis comes from and how to avoid it.

Former Grizzlies agreed that they often felt unmotivated or lacked in performance when they hung around the wrong people, “The people you surround yourself with 100% make a huge impact on your motivation,” Whitney Lambo, a Copper Hills graduate said. “The best advice I can give to any of you seniors for this year is this: Find people who are driven just like you. Find people that are genuinely happy for you and your success. And most importantly, put yourself first. Don’t be afraid to leave any team, friendship, relationship, etc. if you aren’t happy.” Aubrey Velarde, another recent graduate, agreed saying, “If I didn’t have my friends encouraging me and pushing me to do my best, I probably wouldn’t have shown up to school and wouldn’t have graduated.”

When it comes to avoiding senioritis completely, the results are mixed. “Some days I couldn’t avoid it, but I tried talking to a lot more people and making more friends that would make me want to be at school,” Velarde said, “I also had the mindset of ‘this is your last year, make yourself proud’,” Lambo, though her mindset was different, agreed saying, “I’m a huge believer in the ‘work hard, play hard’ idea. I would put effort into my school work and then outside of school I would be sure to keep busy and have fun.”

It’s easy to get caught up in senioritis and to fall behind simply because you want to be done with high school. Though it’s your last year of high school and yes you’re supposed to be having fun, it’s important to remember that colleges are looking for people who are still excelling in their classes and using their last year to challenge themselves mentally. Also, be sure to surround yourself with people who support you and want to see you succeed. Apply effort into your school work and make yourself proud with the finished product. Lastly, senioritis will likely be challenging all of your friends this year. If you see a friend falling behind, offer a helping hand, be supportive and encouraging. Stay strong Grizzlies.

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