Wednesday’s Parent: 6 great examples to cure Senioritis

Cures for Senioritis

Cures for Senioritis

If you are having trouble getting motivated to get back to work after the December holidays, you may be suffering from seniorits.  This troubling “disease” is usually associated with high school seniors but the joy of the passed holiday season, vacation breaks, and winter doldrums can afflict parents and students of all ages.

Take a cue from six great examples to get well quick and cure senioritis:

  1. Darwin High school seniors fixated on the following fall, dream only of college admission. But letting current grades slide may turn into lost college credit for college level courses or rescinding of college admission offers. Senioritis may also strike at the job performance of other students and of parents where the stakes are also high. Take a cue from Darwin’s evolutionary studies and adjust to the new normal. Direct attention to planning and organizing a daily schedule to refocus for living in the present.
  2. Twilight Zone A huge reason for high school seniors’ senioritis is the feeling of being in suspended animation or biding time until reaching the next milestone. Other students and parents may also feel bored after the holiday frenzy. But time is precious and shouldn’t be wasted at any stage of life. Step out of the senioritis version of a Twilight Zone episode and back into reality. There is so much more to learn, accomplish and make a difference, now.
  3. Survivalists High school seniors, other students and parents plagued with senioritis may be listless, tired and inattentive. There are a plethora of survivalist television shows that demonstrate motivation to keep going despite adversity, evaluate current resources to maximize their usefulness, and devise creative ways to survive and thrive.
  4. Olympics Lack of energy is a big symptom of senioritis for students and parents. The XXII Olympic Winter Games begin on Friday, Feb. 7 and Olympic athletes embody the antithesis of lethargy. Get inspired and get moving by getting involved in a favorite sport, exercise or activity.
  5. LOL Seniroitis victims often suffer from a pervasive sadness. High school seniors, other students and parents could shrug off those blues with a hefty dose of hearty laugher. Late night talk show monologues, comedian performances, stage comedies, joke books, the funnies, sitcoms and comedic movies may bring on belly laughs, clear the mind, and encourage positive attitudes.
  6. Search and rescue High school seniors, other students and parents may feel temporarily lost with seniroitis. There are many heroes of 2013’s disasters who saved themselves and others from catastrophe. Shake up stale routines with a twist on search and rescue skills. Finding the fun and planning something special may be just the remedy to cure seniorities and get back to business.

For more ideas about senioritis, head over to Suzanne’s great post.

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3 Huge College Prep Don’ts

Cliché: A recipe for disaster.    
POCS Reality: The wrong college prep can set students up for failure.

 

Who does this: Set yourself up to fail? You do, if you are guilty of the following college prep don’ts:

  1. Don’t have a Plan B What happens if you attend your 2nd choice college or you don’t have the money to pay for your college choice? Consider different scenarios including the possibility of transfer and affordable borrowing.
  2. Don’t let college rejection motivate you  Being deferred for admission, placed on a wait list, or rejected out right is not personal. There are many reasons for college admission decisions including logistics and statistics. Send updates about your accomplishments, reapply, or put your energy into other college possibilities.
  3. Don’t keep up  Congrats, you got into college but this is no time to rest on your laurels. Colleges expect you to keep your grades up and your activities going or they can withdraw their offer of admission. Fight senioritis, keep up the good work, and don’t slack off.

 POCSmom’s College Prep DIY Insight: Set yourself up for less stress and more success with this life plan: always have a Plan B and continue to do good work.