Opinion by: Vivienne P.

Edited by: Kody T.

Visual by: Suman P.

High school is a marathon, not a sprint. This is something I’ve been told my whole life, that you need patience and balance to achieve great things and that it’s so easy to get burnt out if you push yourself too hard. Many students find themselves experiencing senioritis, a condition which describes the lack of motivation that high school seniors experience with the conclusion of college applications and midyear reports.

For some, senioritis can be daunting and detrimental to the focus and motivation you’ve maintained over the past four years. Missing a homework assignment for a class, decreased productivity, lack of motivation- it’s a slippery slope. I get it. But one thing that senioritis has taught me is how to make the best out of a bad situation, and how to appreciate what I do have in my life in the midst of the chaos. For example, choosing to neglect my responsibilities in some classes has allowed me to embrace self-care, inspired me to take up other extra-curricular activities, and has made time for me to genuinely connect with my peers.

Although it’s daunting to risk your academics for your happiness, senioritis can sometimes be a wake-up call to appreciate what you have and embrace it in the last few months of high school. Sure, all seniors are working hard to be accepted into college, and the assessments in second semester seem to be never-ending, but that doesn’t mean that we should sacrifice mental health, sleep, and basic physiological needs for a 7.

If anything, senioritis has taught me the importance of balance in my life. I value academics greatly, and really pushed myself first semester to achieve better grades, finish my college applications, and fulfill my extra-curricular requirements. But, looking back on those few months, I realize that I was neglecting myself and what I needed to stay mentally fit. When I started seeing tell-tale signs of senioritis over Christmas break, I was able to recognize that I need to find balance and proportion between my academics and my relaxing. By doing so, I’ve greatly improved my time management skills, my motivation to work when I really put my mind to it, and I’ve been able to explore more hobbies in the past few weeks.

Being so close, yet so far away from the end of high school can be exhausting. Many runners say that the final 100-metre sprint in a race is the hardest of the all, but it is also the most rewarding. Putting your all into the final sprint, and reaping the benefits afterwards is arguably the best part of high school. But before we rush to graduation, and rush to finish our IB exams, we should remember to take a step back and live our lives with the carefree feelings and nostalgia we’ve known since freshman year.

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