"Huling taon, huling pagkakataon!" The familiar ring of this classic motto sends shivers down your spine because, at last, you're finally entitled to say it. The moment you've waited for has officially arrived—the start of Senior Year! Although exciting, being the so-called ates and kuyas of campus can seem like a lot of pressure, especially when it comes to having to make life-changing and career-centered decisions. Senioritis, which is dubbed as the decline in a student's motivation to excel, is a common phenomenon during this stage of student life. However, this is manageable and can be prevented. Here are a few ways to ward off the bad vibes and end your HS journey in the best way!
- Reconnect with old friends.
If you've been wanting to contact your first-year barkada, now is your best chance! Extra brownie points if you've all went through drastic changes ever since you last talked to each other. (Thanks, puberty!) Rekindling old friendships is not only fun, but it makes you remember how important every person you've bonded with is, and increases the chance of keeping them in your life beyond high school.
- Attend your prom or graduation ball.
Sparkly dresses, four-inch heels, picture-perfect memories, and a whole night of fun! Your high school experience will never be complete unless you take part in what is known as the highlight of high school life. Besides, there's no reason to turn down a night of wearing red lipstick and seeing your crush in a suit!
- Take part in anything "for a cause."
Every school has programs set on reaching out to the community. From tree-planting activities, outreach programs, immersions, or fun runs, they all focus on one thing: doing something for the greater good. It wouldn't hurt to join at least one or two of these! Plus, running a mile feels better when you know your efforts are for charitable purposes.
- Say thank you.
High school is a rough journey—physically, mentally, emotionally, and financially. We could have never gotten this far without the support of the people around us. Never forget to say a word of gratitude to the people who have shaped you into who you are now. This isn't just limited to your parents, teachers, and best friends! Take time to thank the unsung heroes of our campus as well, like the security guards, maintenance staff, and cafeteria ates. For big deeds or small, everyone you've encountered deserves a word of thanks.
- Never think your dreams are infeasible.
It is a person's instinct to dream big, but we usually put a stop to these desires because we don't believe we will be able to achieve them. However, it doesn't have to be as hard as you make it out to be. If you want to study at a prestigious school but don't want to burden your parents, look up possible scholarships! Always dreamed of being a part of the Cheer Squad but have always been afraid of not getting in? Try out! There is no such thing as an impossible dream or an undefeatable fight as long as you believe in yourself and have the willingness to try.
- Make time for rest and recreation.
With all the pressure that comes with being a high school senior, it's tempting to spend all waking hours catching up on review sessions and completing requirements. However, if you center your life on work alone, the stress will hit you like a sack of bricks. Always take time to refresh your mind in ways you enjoy, like hanging out with friends or catching up on your favorite K-Dramas. Use these as rewards after you finish a task or two. Balancing work and leisure is vital to your health as it keeps your mind and body in top shape, helping you maximize your strengths and abilities. Besides, when you look back on high school, you won't remember the total number of A's you got on your tests, but instead on the treasured moments you shared with your classmates during your final year together.
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