Head-to-head: Pro Slump

Slump is natural; seniors deserve a break

By Tom Howe

All students come face to face with the same question second semester senior year: to slump or not to slump? With college applications sent, staying focused in school becomes even more of a challenge, which is completely understandable. Everyone knows that story — the one about that senior who had a devastation case of senioritis and had their college acceptance rescinded during their final hurrah as a senior. That story is sad. No one should let the seemingly grade-free euphoria get to their head to the extent that a college admissions officer has to slam the college’s door in their face. Enjoying second semester, however, is still important. Seniors are still students, which means they should continue completing their assignments and going to class.

Cutting back a little, however, is fine. Seniors have spent the roughest, most stressful two and a half years fighting for each point in hopes of having an edge in the college admission process. With what seemed to be their futures on the line, seniors completely exhausted themselves. A six-month break is only healthy. Slump is the perfect opportunity for seniors to take off their blinders and explore material beyond the classroom. Many schools across the country reserve the seniors’ second semesters as time to work on jobs, projects or anything extracurricular. The WISE program at South provides similar opportunities. But with busy schedules and heavy backpacks, not every student has time to participate. The second half of senior year is for exploration.

Because the freedom between high school and college brings a rare opportunity, schoolwork should not be a top priority. As well as grabbing at opportunity, seniors should really focus on relaxing. Whether or not your plans are to head to college, the years following high school are pivotal. Cutting back on work and spending time with family and friends can help ease whatever transition awaits.

But it is not just interaction with others that embodies relaxing — you also have to let yourself relax. Things as simple as getting more sleep or eating breakfast more often can go a long way to improve mental health as seniors’ brains rejuvenates before college. Slump is not for everyone. Some people continue enjoying learning; some people cannot handle the lack of incentive; some people are on waitlists.

Regardless, it is not the schoolwork seemingly disappearing that makes slump so important, but it is rather the opportunity of free time. A space opens up that is wide enough for any senior to dive into whatever ideas they have while simultaneously hanging out with friends and tearing through hours of Netflix, and that is what seniors should take advantage of. So who cares? Blow off your; reading forget about that test; feed your dog your homework. Slumping comes around only once a lifetime, and you do not want to miss out.

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