The Countdown is On!

50 days left…no wait, 49…48,47….

By Tara Higgins

For all you seniors out there, I’ve taken the liberty of calculating the total number of school days left until Thursday, May 18, when all 460-something of us will walk out the Legend High School classrooms as students for the very last time. (It’s 50 days, to be precise.)

Senioritis can be defined in many terms. Quite simply, it is the realization many seniors make at some point during their last year of high school that, comparing time left in the classroom and current energy level, maybe school isn’t really worth it anymore. (It is, by the way, it’s just a whole lot harder from a motivational standpoint). For some, it makes it hard, sometimes impossible, to focus, study, show up to class, even cheat when the opportunity presents itself…the stupidest things suddenly become the hardest things to accomplish.

I know senioritis has gotten the better of pretty much the entire senior class by this point – and for the vast majority of us, probably way long ago to begin with – and that’s why I’ve compiled a list of the top five ways to overcome this most interesting of medical ailments.

  1. When someone says “OMG I ONLY HAVE 50 DAYS OF HIGH SCHOOL LEFT!” just think to yourself, “Omg I only have 50 days of high school left…”

Think about it. You really only have 50 days left in high school. That’s not a whole lot of time. Take out weekends and breaks and it’s literally less than two months. That’s 50 days to finish writing what will probably be the last, best, comparatively easy, chapter of our lives. Now is the time to just kind of let things go and take advantage of what little time is left. When you think about it, high school is pretty great. It just won’t hit us until we’ve hit the gas and are as far away from Parker as possible.

  1. Plan ahead.

Now is the time to start prioritizing, and you could do that by telling yourself you really will accomplish everything you have to, or you could just settle for accomplishing the absolute bare minimum of work that will still allow you to get by with a passing grade. Face it. You’re not Superman (or Superwoman). There isn’t enough time for everything. We think there is, and then it’s 8:35 p.m. on a Monday night when you know you had a four-day weekend to write this story but you’re doing it now because you suddenly realized while watching TV that you actually had homework all along. So, I’ve found comfort in prioritizing the top assignments I need to get done each day, so when I feel like snoozing in my textbook late at night I’ve at least accomplished what I really needed to.

  1. Reward yourself.

Small accomplishments are a huge thing when you can literally see graduation so close ahead. For example, my fellow staffer and I, John Pacheco, like to celebrate every Monday night once we finish our weekly stories. Whether it’s Snapple, Starbucks, or a good piece of chocolate cake, knowing we accomplished something is a big deal. And after that, every trip to the refrigerator or pantry means we’ve just checked another item off our to-do lists. The fact we even have to-do lists is pretty admirable too. Oh wait, Person makes them for us. Ah well, we tried.

  1. Try to focus.

No one ever gets very much done if they’re trying to balance too many things at once. Make it a habit to start and finish one thing before moving on to the next. Don’t get sidetracked and start writing your seven-page AP Literature research essay before you’re even halfway done writing a much shorter story that’s due in four hours versus four days. Or however many days, who’s keeping track anymore.

  1. When in doubt, give up.

No, really. I mean, no, not actually, but really, actually realize that there are only 24 hours in a day and at some point you are going to have to go to sleep. I’ve always said the worst part about the whole studying process (which apparently is still a thing) is the stress of cramming the night before, because once you wake up in the morning and show up to class – probably late, at least if you’re me – you’ve done all you can do and it’s kind of just what it is at that point. So, don’t psych yourself out too much. It’s one test, or one quiz, or whatever it is people do in school these days. Putting it all into perspective helps get over the stress.

You know, I really don’t know why senioritis is such an issue, considering the fact that we’re all tripping over ourselves to get out the door of high school, when we know full well that college is going to be way busier, way crazier, way more stressful, and way more work. It’s kind of an interesting phenomenon that I’d really love to figure out, but for the fact that I’m too lazy to even try.

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