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Senior slump, senior slide, senioritis. Whatever you call it, the urge to slack off in your senior year of high school can be overwhelming. Now that the pressure of college admissions is off, it can be all too easy to lose direction and motivation. But with the finish line in sight, now is not the time to slow down!
Senior year can be an extremely productive and satisfying time if you approach it with the right attitude. Here are eight tips to help you stay focused as your high school career draws to a close.
As 2014 begins, high school and college students like many people are making the obligatory New Year’s resolutions and setting goals to kick the year off right. If you’re in high school, you may want to get accepted to your dream school—but do you know what steps to take to apply? If you’re an undergrad, you may have your sights set on a specific career or grad school—do you know the skills you’ll need to get there? Do you know how to achieve your goals?
Getting detailed about your dreams can make a huge difference in your performance. Here are some tips to get you started on setting realistic, achievable goals.
First, you should understand that college training has a much greater significance today than it did earlier. More than a century ago, work most often involved physical labor. As the twentieth century progressed, however, more and more work became administrative or managerial, though physical skills were still in demand. Following World War II and in the 1950s in particular, as a bigger share of the population had access to free public high schools, workers developed skills more exclusively suited for office work. At present we are clearly in a service- and knowledge-based economy, where the skills developed through a college education are the ones driving both economical and personal growth.
But is now the right time for you to attend, and what schools might best suit your circumstances? Getting through college successfully may actually depend on your being at the right school in the first place. The College Board, the preeminent organization connecting students to colleges, lists nearly four thousand accredited colleges and universities. The options are nearly limitless. You should choose based on who you are and what is right for you (not on what your parents did or didn’t do, or what your friends are doing).
Chasing your goals requires effort and, more importantly, motivation. But if you’re like most of us, the tendency to procrastinate can sometimes get in the way. But there are definitely tricks for getting and staying motivated.
In a new environment with no mom or dad telling you when to study or go to bed, it is common to throw routine to the wind in favor of late nights out with friends and too few hours in the library. But to find success in the classroom, you have to avoid this temptation. You have to get and stay motivated.