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This topic is adapted from the FLEXTALK YouTube channel.

Senioritis is something that typically occurs to high school seniors during their second semester. They have already submitted college applications and can see graduation on the horizon. It can cause high school seniors to feel a loss of motivation. This makes them want to skip class, stop studying, and just be done with school. Senioritis may feel unavoidable, but there are some ways to overcome it.

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  • If you don’t confront your senioritis you could end up skipping school and losing attendance credit. You could also jeopardize college scholarships or acceptance. Many colleges want mid-year and end-of-year reports to see if you stay consistent throughout the year. If they see a drastic drop in attendance or grades, they may pull your application.
  • The first tip on overcoming senioritis is to set small goals. If you try to take on too much at once, you will end up overwhelmed. If you missed class, make it a goal to go to that class for the rest of the week.
  • The next tip is don’t get too caught up in the future. Don’t spend too much time focusing on the fun things you get will get to do at college. Stay present in your last semester of high school. Focus on the tasks at hand before daydreaming about the future.
  • Remember to take time out of your day to relax. You don’t have to be working on school all the time. However, you can’t let this become your whole day. Set aside specific times to relax and try to focus on your schoolwork outside of those times.
  • The last tip is to remember that you are building habits. If you start to skip out on responsibilities now what will happen in twenty years when you’re at a job you don’t particularly enjoy? You will fall back into your bad habits that you are creating now. Instead, focus on building good study habits and staying motivated in this time.

[Related: The Science of Motivation]

If you start to feel the effects of senioritis, remember that you can push through! Just stay focused on school and the things you have to get done before graduation. Don’t let these things overwhelm you and take them one step at a time. Stick with these tips and you can make it through to graduation.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
  2. What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
  3. Have you experienced senioritis? What effects did it have on you?
  4. Why do you think it’s so easy to get senioritis?
  5. Why is it important to take breaks and do things other than school?
  6. What percentage of seniors at your school do you think have senioritis? Why?
  7. What other tips do you have for overcoming senioritis?
  8. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.

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