Tips From a Senior With Zero Motivation


Hello everyone, I am writing this because it’s finals week and I have no idea what to do or write about because the existential reality is starting to set in. But because of this I have decided to give some tips on how I managed to make it this far, because it is honestly a miracle I’m graduating.

Now, as someone with severe senioritis, the one thing that was the absolute hardest to deal with everyday was actually getting up and going to school. Something that made this a billion times easier is trying to go to bed at the same time every night, or just get up immediately when your alarm goes off. Another thing that I found helpful was choosing to have a late start all year, instead of early release. Trust me guys, the extra hour of sleep is well worth it; don’t let anyone else tell you otherwise. 

Another thing that sucks about having zero motivation is that doing homework feels like pulling teeth. It is the worst thing ever, but what’s even worse than having to do homework is having things stack up and having to stay up all night catching up. I have spent more than my fair share of nights near tears because of the sheer amount of work I procrastinated, please don’t let that be you. Something that I would do to help me get stuff done was I would set a timer for how long I would relax for when I got home, when that was up I would try to get at least two things done and then take a break. I know this won’t work for everyone but it’s worth a shot, I used to think doing stuff like that was really dumb until I tried it. 

Something that people forget to mention when giving tips about getting through school is taking care of yourself. It is super super important that you’re getting enough food and water throughout the day. Bring a water bottle to school, or try to pack some snacks to have between classes or in a class where your teacher doesn’t mind. Not getting enough to eat or drink affects way more than you think it does. Trust me, headaches are way less frequent the more water you drink. 

Finally, remember that your grades don’t define you, it does not matter if you graduate with honors, or you get a lower score on your act than your friends. There is an immense amount of pressure on us to always be perfect, but it’s a hard year, and with COVID who knows what’s going to happen? Anyway, I hope you all have a great summer, and a wonderful year.