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5 Ways to Survive the Last Weeks of School

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Whether you are a graduating senior or a rising underclassman, the itis begins to creep in during the last few weeks of school. It's easy to get lazy as summer approaches but developing a balance that allows you to enjoy the last few weeks of school in a focused manner is key. Remember that your grades throughout the entire year not only determine whether or not you graduate but reflect the type of student you are. To finish the year strong, check out these 5 ways to survive the last few weeks of school.

1. Focus on High Impact Activities

During the last few weeks of school, your focus will shift to high impact activities such as final exams. Take the time to prepare. It will be tempting to hang out with your friends instead of staying in to study but doing well on these tests will pay off in the long run. Giving your final exams priority will create a sense of purpose and drive to end the year on a high note.

2. Create New Challenges

Let's be honest. The momentum and excitement most have at the beginning of the school year begins to dim as the school year winds down. Be sure to still push yourself in challenging classes. Never settle for less. As a student, you should always put yourself into a position of excellence.

3. Set Goals

Goal setting is a helpful mechanism for getting certain tasks done. According to edutopia.org, in order to develop SMART goals, they must be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely. The process of goal setting will help you get organized and finish the school year with a purpose.

4. Support Network

Support Networks are an essential aspect of being successful. Surround yourself with people who will guide you in the right direction and give you honest feedback. They can be family, friends, teachers and mentors who offer positivity and clear direction in your life. With a strong support system, you should be able to maintain motivation with their words of encouragement.

5. Reward Yourself

When all is said and done, reward yourself! You can do this in a simple way by giving yourself a break after each assignment or go big and treat yourself to some frozen yogurt after hours of studying! Give yourself a reminder that you are getting an education to be the best you in life!

The last few weeks can either be the hardest or the easiest period of the school year. Do your very best to shine like the bright student you are! Comment below what year you graduate from high school or college! If in college, also state your major.
 

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Elon Graves is a Teen Reporter with dreams of making an impact. The high school senior, who is also an International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidate, served as the Editor of her school newspaper and in the Superintendent’s Student Cabinet. Elon enjoys writing about the injustices of society, influences in music, and how culture shapes people. Most importantly, her love of the arts defines who she is. She not only loves to express herself through words, but as dancer she articulates herself through movement. In 2017, she plans to attend college with a major/minor in either Journalism or Dance. Her ultimate dream is to live in New York where she can delve further into her passions.