Diagnosis: high school senior. Symptoms: lack of motivation, extreme fatigue, increased irritability. Highly contagious. If any of the signs below sound like you, it might already be too late.
It’s the first day of the semester and you’re already over school.
“Due tomorrow” becomes “do tomorrow.”
Your morning alarm becomes more of a suggestion than anything else. The snooze button was invented for a reason, right?
LOL, your teacher expects you to do a group project. That’s cute.
You’ve started napping more than you did in kindergarten.
“Macbeth” paper due in the morning? SparkNotes it is…after one more episode of whatever series you’re currently binging on Netflix.
Okay, two more. But that’s seriously it.
Your response to everything: “I don’t know.”
You don’t bother coming up with an excuse for why you’re late to class.
Planning how you’re going to decorate your future dorm room is your biggest priority.
You’ve procrastinated so hard, you suddenly find yourself on your ex’s brother’s girlfriend’s sister’s Instagram when you're supposed to be studying.
You consider it a success if you manage to leave the house with makeup on.
Color-coding your planner went out the window somewhere around the end of the second week of school.
It takes twice as much coffee as normal to keep you awake in class.
Freaking out about the future has become a routine part of your day.
You have to download software to keep you off the internet just to get some studying done.
(You get distracted by your phone instead.)
A five-minute study break easily turns into two hours. How did that happen? (Oh...
You spend more time figuring out what you need to get on the final to pass the class than actually studying for it.
You begin to look at everything as a “last.” Last time decorating your locker, last time eating the cafeteria’s gross pizza, last time walking the route from second to third period. (It’ll get worse as graduation gets closer.)
Warning: if left untreated, may lead to a drop in GPA, or, in severe cases, rescinding of an acceptance letter. The good news: there is a cure. Set attainable goals and maintain your GPA, but cut yourself a little slack, too. Look at everything you do as successfully preparing for college. Develop smart study habits, take care of yourself, and most importantly - enjoy your senior year.