Editor’s Letter: 6 Tasks for the Homestretch


This is it, seniors, the final stretch, the homestretch. (Almost, there are still scholarships and interviews to be done. Not to mention AP exams and finals and all the tests and projects due between then. Okay, so maybe it’s not quite the final stretch, but it’s almost there.) Four years of work have gathered to, what? Senioritis? 

Don’t let the laziness get to you. Here are six things to help you make the most of the last semester of high school. 

1. Getting enough sleep – It’s tough, everyone knows that. The amount of sleep that a growing teenager should be getting nears around nine hours, but there are not enough hours in the day to accomplish all that needs to get done and be rested and fully prepared for the next day. However, instead of pulling an all-nighter trying to finish the essay that was assigned two weeks ago, go to sleep early and wake up early. Not only will your brain be rested, but you’ll start the day off with a type of energy that cannot be replicated through caffeine. But, just make sure you actually get up. 

2. Create a To-Do List- It sounds mundane and boring, but with college and the future looming ahead of us all, there are a lot of items that tend to stack up. Instead of trying to remember it all, right it down in a convenient spot (not your arm) and accomplish it! Try to do at least five items per day. They can be simple things such as remembering to give your dog a walk, but being able to see a completed to-do list is oddly rewarding. 

3. Plan it, Don’t Stress It – Sounds easier said than done and that’s because it is. Procrastination can hit hard; the assignment that is due next week doesn’t hold a candle of interest next to the debut of Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. However, it’s much better to spread out a task over multiple days instead of trying to do it all at once. Pair your work up with a reward as well. Do you have labs to complete? Do half your labs, watch an episode of your favorite TV show, go back to doing your labs. Not only will you feel accomplished, but you’ll also be taking a well-needed break. 

4. College tours- Seeing a place through pictures versus seeing it in real life is a completely different experience. People have the tendency to prematurely judge a school without actually taking a tour. So go to the campus, talk to students, and try to imagine yourself in that place for the next four years. High schooler students don’t have much of a choice on where they attend school, students are just filtered into the campus closest to their homes with a small chance to transfer with a legitimate reason. College is one of the first adult decisions most seniors will make, so make sure it’s a well informed one.

5. Try Something New- By now most seniors have found their niche on campus. They do the same activities and hang out with the same people. Now is the last time to mix things up a bit. Love to sing? Audition for the spring musical. Interested in improving the lives of children in third world countries? Join UNICEF Club. Never had time to play a sport? Go to a tryout! The possibilities are endless, so explore the interests you’ve always put on the backburner until now. You’ll make new friends, new memories, and have fun doing it.

6. Release Your Inhibitions – After three and a half years of struggling to find constant validation from other people, it’s time to realize that in just a few months you won’t ever see some of your schoolmates again. The choices you make, you have to live with for not just four years, but for the rest of your life. So let loose, laugh more, and live in the moment.

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