For many students at FHS (okay, all students at FHS), the end of the school year can’t come soon enough. Eyes are glazed over, and the only looks to be seen on students’ faces are of despair or tired indifference. Yet, there is still much to be done as we near the end. Projects, homework assignments, essays, and exams are all still coming full force at every student, including myself. So, the question is, how can we survive this last stretch of the year without a plummeting rate of enthusiasm or GPA?
There are many different ways to answer this question, and I myself may not be an expert on the subject, feeling as strongly as every other student (even more so as a Senior) the urge to give up and just start summer vacation early. However, since I have had three years prior of the dreadful experience, I may be able to give some valuable advice.
1. Know that what you do now can still impact what you’ve worked for this entire year.
We all are probably lacking in effort as we near the end, but it is important to remember that everything you do now will still impact all of the great efforts you’ve put in the rest of the year. Doing that assignment or studying for that last test may seem pointless at this point, but just remember how hard you’ve been working, and how frustrating and disappointing it would be to see the efforts you made all semester destroyed by a moment of weakness.
2. Write everything you need to do down.
It’s easy to see by looking at the faces of your fellow students that all of the information they’re being told isn’t necessarily going in at this point in the school year. That’s why it’s so important to make sure that you’re writing everything you need to do down, especially with everything that is going on in these last few weeks. Writing things down means that you don’t have to stress about remembering every assignment and due date when all your brain wants to think about is how you’re going to spend your summer of freedom.
If there’s one reason why you were given that planner currently in the farthest reaching part of your backpack or locker, this is it. The end of the year makes everyone lazy, so the last thing that you want to do right now is procrastinate. There’s no time left to put things off at this point in the year, and that’s why it’s important to make yourself a schedule. Write down in your planner or on a calendar (or in your phone calendar, I don’t know) when you’re going to get done what you need to get done. This way, you can make sure you’re leaving yourself enough time to finish everything before it’s too late.
4. Take care of yourself.
Right now, it may be tempting for you to have fun with your friends and cram later instead of buckling down and doing what needs to get done. Of course, so many great things are happening at this time of the year and you should, of course, celebrate that. However, you need to remember that what you choose to do now still has the same impacts as it would any other time during the school year (or the rest of your life). Poor choices aren’t overlooked, and not taking care of yourself won’t seem as worth it when you’re scrambling to finish your work or confronted with the consequences of your poor actions. I’m not trying to be a downer, here. I understand as much as any other student how difficult it is to stay on track right now. However, just remember that although all of us wish we could be done with our work and have our fun, not all of us will be suffering from the choices we’ve made at the end of this school year. Please, make sure that you’re taking care of yourself, and your friends, during these final days of classes.
I hope that at least some of these tips will help you to survive the final stretch of the school year. And, on behalf of the Saber Slate, I want you to know we’re all cheering for your success.