Senior Advice: Motivate Yourself
January 25, 2017
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Sometimes students find themselves tired, lost and deprived of motivation. Everyone goes through a stage like this at some point in their high school career, but there’s always a solution to every problem.
Keep yourself motivated by setting goals throughout the year. Goals can range from getting straight A’s to joining a sports team. Set long term and short term goals. Set goals to join at least three different clubs next school year; it will help keep your mind active.
Contribute something big to the school. Make a goal to join yearbook or journalism. Make yourself proud.
Students will sometimes feel too tired to get involved because they haven’t adjusted themselves to a busy schedule. Setting goals is a good start to motivating yourself.
Students should look into their future and create a plan of what they want to do. Make a list of things you wish to accomplish as a young adult and think about a future career that you could be interested in. Make a bucket list and follow through with it.
If you feel lost and don’t know where your future is headed, schedule a meeting with your school counselor or even talk with one of your favorite teachers. They will help give you an idea for what you want to do in your future and will help give you advice on how to prepare for it.
A majority of students have heard of the term “senioritis,” which is when seniors can’t wait for graduation to come. Getting involved, making friends in different grade levels and helping others can reduce the amount of senioritis. Finding something admirable about the school can help relieve the stress it gives you.
Another tip for motivation is to relax. Stress is a big factor that leads up to senioritis and being loaded with schoolwork and scholarship deadlines can sure be a hassle. During senior year, make sure to add a couple of study halls to your schedule. Having one or two study halls throughout your day can help relieve stress, especially if you have a ton of homework and a job.
Study halls are where students can spend a period of the day relaxing with friends, finishing up homework or even working on projects. As a senior, students can even sign up to be a senior aide for one of their favorite teachers during a study hall period, and this can help decrease the amount of senioritis in them. Helping others and finding a time to relax during your school day can help you grow more attached to the school.
More activities you can do during study hall include reading or working in the library, chilling with the Puzzle Club and catching up on schoolwork. If you’ve been sick for a few days and are loaded with schoolwork to catch up on, it can sure drain your motivation to actually complete it, but study hall will give you the time to catch up with it and make it seem like less work. Puzzle Club also welcomes students who are in study hall to come complete puzzles with them in the library.
There are many ways a student can motivate themselves. Finding the time, determination and goals can be difficult, but it can be done with the help of others and with hard work.