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Avoiding Senior-itis

Senior-itisCongratulations class of 2010 for finally making it to your senior year of high school! The mixed feelings of stress, excitement and anticipation can be overwhelming on top of application deadlines, tests and homework etc.

Often times, seniors who are not sure of how to handle stress, have the tendency to become lazy. In avoiding this so called senior-itis, time management and organization are key. For example, keeping track of test dates and application deadlines in a planner is a way to start getting organized. Start now, if you haven't already, with filling out college applications for early and regular admissions. Just as we were told from a young age, there is a time for work and a time for play.

Amidst the hectic times of preparing for college, do not forget to perform to the best of your ability academically over the duration of your senior year! It still counts! However, your senior year should also be fun and enjoyable. With football games and homecoming, prom and grad night to look forward to, senior year isn't just work and no play. This is our time to partake in the responsibilities of becoming an adult and prepare for what lies ahead, as well as enjoy the last year of being high school teenagers.

Some of us may want to go on to college to become lawyers, educators or writers; for others, a business executive or a doctor. These are all different professions, but the one thing they all have in common is school. A higher education to become these things and many more is crucial in becoming all that you can be as you move forward in life to a rewarding career after high school. Now is the time to develop habits that will stick to you throughout the rest of high school, college and adult life that will help strengthen your skills.

Remember, mother knows best; work first and play later. Don't forget to have fun!

[Jasmine Doxey is a Pasadena Unified School District senior and intern at The Journal. You may contact her, c/o The Journal, via email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ]


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