The air is still as the absent-minded class stares blankly as the period slowly slides by. What has come over this small class? The answer is senioritis, and it seems to get the best of almost all seniors this time of year. For some, however, it happens much sooner.
“School just seemed to get less and less important,” Red Lion senior Jaiden Graham said.
This so called “disease” is the result of students struggling to balance school, work, time with friends, and finding that perfect college and getting in. This stress can cause seniors to become lazy, acquire a dismissive attitude toward school, and often have an excessive amount of absences throughout the year.
However, seniors are not the only ones affected by these huge amounts of stress. It also can be very irritating to their teachers and classmates. The lack of attention can cause a class to be very unproductive and cause lessons to drag on much longer than they normally would.
“Students obtain this mindset that graduation is the end, but in reality it is the beginning of a new chapter in their lives,” Mr. Blackwell, an executive council advisor for the class of 2015 said. “Students should not become lazy when the end of their high school career is nearing its end, rather they should keep pushing and finish strong because its so close to being over.”
This mindset can also have an effect on students getting into the college of their choice. What many seniors don’t realize is that this last year is very crucial for colleges.
It is important to keep trying in school in order to show that you are willing to learn and that you are dedicated to finishing what you have started. Although senior year can be overwhelming, there are ways to avoid the stress and affects of this hectic period of life. Here are some tips for upcoming seniors on how to avoid senioritis and its destructive nature.
Plan ahead, have a calendar were you write down deadlines and scheduled events and activities. Secondly, do not become obsessed with getting into college, just focus on what is going on right now and do what makes you happy.
Also, discuss your feelings with the people close to you. If you try to make all decisions by yourself, it can be very overwhelming. It is good to see what others have to say and to be open to suggestions.
Finally, make sure to have fun. After all, it is your last year here, so you may as well enjoy it.
By Helen Zeidman
A table lined with multi-colored papers dominates the Career Center. These papers come in every color of the rainbow, from neon orange to fluorescent pink, advertising the latest job and volunteer opportunities. Countless posters occupy the space above the table, with even more information.
All kinds of jobs, from S & S Produce employees to FedEx workers, are available and waiting to be filled by high school students. There are also many job opportunities over summer break.
Summer jobs are a good way to make some saving and spending money, but there are other benefits too.
“Summer jobs are setting yourself up for down the road when you need a job.” Mrs. Morris, the Career Awareness Coordinator at the high school, said. “Networking is always good.”
Going for a job might be overwhelming, but Mrs. Morris, the Career Awareness Coordinator at the high school, has some tips to make the process easier.
Before anyone applies for a job, they must be aware of the rules. For teenagers, this includes limited working hours. According to the Pennsylvania Child Labor Act, no one under the age of 14 can work with the exception of a few jobs. Also, students under the age of 16 can work eight hours a day, and no more than 40 work hours a week during the summer. Teenagers over the age of 16 may work 10 hours a day, but not exceed 48 hours in a week.
Also, a work permit is necessary to apply to any job.
“You need to bring your Social Security card and birth certificate to the ladies in the office and they will get a permit for you.” Morris said.
After the paperwork is taken care of, the application process can begin.
Morris’ first tip is to “do it ASAP.”
College students tend to get out of school earlier, so they have more time to snatch all of the jobs.
Being prepared is also very important.
“Even if you are just asking for an application, dress nicely. That first impression is so important.” Morris said. “They say that people judge you in the first five seconds. You do not even have to open your mouth.”
Morris also had a few tips to ace the second and third impressions.
“Shake their hand. Introduce yourself. Answer honestly to the best of your ability. Thank them for their time. Ask when they will contact you.” Morris said. “The last piece is a vital piece of etiquette--write a thank-you note. It really makes you stand out.”
Morris last tip is perhaps the most important.
“Don’t work so hard that you can’t have fun. Summer is for rejuvenation. Remember that you are still a teenager.”
By Claire Krackow
When going Back to School, getting back into the swing of things can be difficult. Here are some tips to help feel better about going Back to School!
1. Mornings are going to be very rough after sleeping in all summer, so start going to bed earlier. This will make you perform to your fullest potential!
2. Make sure you eat breakfast so you have the energy to pay attention during class.
3. Confirm that your homework is done the night before so you don’t have to worry about it early in the morning.
4. Score your school supplies early, beat the rush and avoid traveling to more than one store.
5. Set up a place to study so you can keep up on your classes and maintain good grades.
6. Plan out and reset your daily schedule and map out where you are going ahead of time.
7. Set goals for yourself for this upcoming school year. Make sure to stick with those goals!
8. Make sure you’re keeping active and balancing school and sports well. An unbalanced schedule can really mess with your head, and your grades.
9. Follow @rlshs, @RLFootball, and @TheLeonid to keep updated on school cancellations, football games, and events.
10. Good luck getting back to school and make this school year a great one!
Summer is a perfect time to let go of all of your school worries and take some time for yourself. However, what happens when you find yourself bored out of your mind? Fear not, because the Leonid has come up with a list of ways to defeat your summer boredom.
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