Combatting senioritis

Being in my last semester of high school, a popular word rings through the senior population: senioritis. Senioritis is defined as “a supposed affliction of students in their final year of high school or college, characterized by a decline in motivation or performance”. Although many students have completely embraced their rightful duty as a senior to take the easiest classes and only worry about passing them, I feel as though it is important to still attempt to combat the overused excuse “its senior year..it doesn’t matter”.

First of all, colleges like to see that you are taking at least some classes of rigor. If you are border line for getting into the college that you want, the classes you take your senior year may be a deciding factor. Also, after you have been accepted, it is still important that you keep your grades up. After sending in your final transcript, although it is extremely uncommon to get your acceptance completely pulled, a much more realistic and common scenario that could happen is that you get put on academic probation. This means that you get put on the university’s “watch list” and if you don’t receive a GPA of 2.0 or higher your first semester of college, you will no longer be able to attend. Your GPA would have to dip pretty low in order to get put on academic probation, but it is still important to focus on not allowing that to happen.

Another common occurrence to happen in college is that some students are never able to escape the senioritis mindset. They take the slacking mindset that they have built up in high school and carry it with them to college. If you work hard and create good study habits now, it will most likely affect you positively when in college.

Additionally, I can NOT stress the importance of taking AP classes!!! Not only are they a big GPA booster, but they have the potential to save you so much money in college. Instead of paying hundreds of dollars taking a required class in college that you really don’t want to take, you could take it in high school and just pay $90 per AP test. In all Texas public universities, all you need to score is a 3 or higher and the college much accept it as credit. Word hard now and you will be rewarded by paying less money.

However, although I have given many reasons as to why senioritis should be avoided, I also think that you should be allowed to reward yourself with some of the perks that come with being a senior. For example, taking off periods. Completely okay and frankly, my favorite thing about this year. Also, its okay to take some super easy classes as long as you are still working to maintain an A in them and you are taking other AP classes. Its okay to reward yourself but only to a certain extent,

Overall, even though its senior year and no one can think of anything else but getting out of high school and moving on to college, I think it is so important to fight the urge and to actually try. Combat senioritis and your future self will thank you!

Making it a lifestyle

I figured the beginning of the year would be the best time to create this post because this is the time of the popular New Year’s resolution that many of us seem to struggle with: living a healthier lifestyle. As we progress in the era of healthy living, it is easy to get overwhelmed in the craze of it all. These super fit bloggers and Instagrammers appear to live the healthy lifestyle we all want flawlessly, and maybe they are successful at it, but what about the rest of us? As much as I want to have that immaculately toned physique and eat a perfected clean diet, I understand that it’s probably not gonna happen. At least not any time soon. Like many other people, I am just getting started. I know this transition won’t happen overnight, but my hope is that by the time I get to college, I will have a strong enough foundation of good, healthy habits that I can continue to use throughout my freshman year.

As I attempt to shape a healthy and happy lifestyle for myself, I will continue to share my struggles, progress, and successes along the way.

The approach that I have decided to take to this is to do it one step at a time, and perfect each step before I move onto the next. My first goal is to get on a regular workout schedule.

In order to do this, I have compiled a list of tips that I plan to follow and think are super important in order to achieve a healthy lifestyle:

1. Get a workout buddy

I list this first because I feel that it is the absolute most important piece of advice I can give. If you can push yourself on your own, then all power to you. However, for the rest of us who are not quite as strong-willed, finding motivation to workout and push our own limits can be a bit more difficult. Having a friend with similar goals as you will help as y’all continue to support one another to pull through those very real and very relatable days where hitting the gym just seems like the LAST thing you’d ever want to do. I am completely and 100% guilty of wanting to stay in bed rather than go to the gym, but luckily I have a such a great workout partner who doesn’t take any of my no’s for an answer.

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Additionally, having someone who can spot you as you progress to doing more and more weight is very important. Without someone there, you will not be able to workout to your fullest potential. Continue to push each other to achieve things you didn’t know you could do, and your progress will come much faster.

2. Health first, weight loss second

I saw this on a Snapchat Buzzfeed article and I loved it. Constantly looking at the scale does not make for a healthy mindset. You could be at the peak of physical health but have a BMI that says you are overweight. Muscles weigh more than fat!! The scale means nothing.

3. Have a plan

Create a schedule. Know which muscle groups you will workout before you go. Have an idea of what workouts you will do. Having a plan will keep you from wasting any precious time wandering around the machines as you think about what exercise to do next. Also, it is a bit harder to skip workouts if you have a set schedule. If you are unsure of how to split up your workouts, here is a link with splits that you can choose from that fit your schedule best:

http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/the-ultimate-guide-to-an-effective-training-split.html

This will help to make sure that you cover all your muscles accordingly and do not neglect any muscle groups.

With that being said,

4. Do not skip any muscle groups

This is important. Putting emphasis only on certain muscles (the ones you can “see”) and neglecting others can lead to muscle imbalances and injury. Many neglected muscle groups are still extremely important to our every day movements. An example of a very common muscle that is neglected is the upper back. If ignored, it will weaken and could eventually lead to being bent over like the hunch back of Notre Dame. Trust me, it’s not a cute look. All the muscles are connected, and your workouts must treat them that way.

5. Don’t forget your headphones

Pretty self-explanatory. If you like to workout to music, don’t forget your headphones. It will making working out far more enjoyable.

And last but not least,

6. It is okay to start slow

As I sit here unable to really move because of my sore muscles, I can definitely attest to this one. After not working out for about six months, my first week back has felt like hell. I was definitely disappointed in the fact that I could not do nearly as much weight as I used to be able to do, and I felt a little embarrassed at the gym when I was just benching the bar. However, we all have to start somewhere. Start with what you can handle and then slowly but surely, the progress will come.

 

There are definitely more pieces of advice I can post, but as I said in the beginning of this post- it is easy to get overwhelmed, and there really is no need for that. Long story short, it all comes down to whether or not you want any change to happen. You will probably get nowhere if there is no desire. However, if you want to begin to live that healthy lifestyle, then start slow, work hard, take it one step at a time, and eventually we will all get there.

 

 

 

The Beginning

The last semester of my senior year of high school has now come, and I thought this was a better time than ever to begin this blog.

2017 has been a year that I have anticipated ever since I was little. My graduation year. Although it seemed like such a distant speck in the horizon that would take absolutely forever to reach, the year has finally come. I am here. We are here.

This year will mark the biggest transition in my life to date: going from being a dependent, suburban-living child to a college-attending adult living on her own. The mere thought of these huge changes that are about to happen is terrifying and thrilling and exhilarating all at the same time, and I can’t wait.

However, even though graduation is the big highlight of the entire year, 2017 is speckled with so many more experiences that I am looking forward to such as prom, my senior trip, grad parties, pro-grad, vacations, beginning college, and so much more.

I understand the concept of life flashing right before your very eyes quite well. Looking back (as a self-diagnosed memory hoarder), there are so many memories that I have made that I wish I could have documented better, or relished in just a little longer. Hopefully this blog will allow me to do that. This monumental step in my life and the feelings and emotions associated with it is something that I want to remember. I want to be able to look back to witness my growth and see how far I have come.

I am not quite sure what this blog has in store for me or what it will end up shaping into.  With that being said, hopefully this blog, like me, will end up finding its purpose throughout the course of this year, and life in general. I am beyond excited for what is to come, and I can’t wait to share it through my eyes.