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February is upon us: the time for Valentine’s Day love, last-minute skiing trips, festive Lunar New Year celebrations, the Superbowl, and, last but not least, a grossly low level of motivation in the Senior class. That’s right, kids, Senioritis is coming, and it’s coming fast.

I started procrastinating even more than usual last month, as I mentioned before, and that’s just kind of spiraled out of control until about the last day of Chinese New Year break, when I freaked out about how behind I was and did about three weeks worth of work in two days.

On the other hand, I had the extreme privilege of going to Iceland in February, and I’ve gotta tell ya, that was so sick. It was so unimaginably beautiful there, and just such a great way to wrap up the end of first semester Senior year. On a side note, if any of you are ever contemplating going to Iceland, go. You won’t regret it.

College-wise, we’re all playing the waiting game now – although many of my friends have gotten ED/EA acceptances and rolling acceptances already, I have not. I applied to all of my schools RD, and none of them send out admissions notices until late March/early April, so I’ve still got a long while to go. Now that I look back, I regret not applying to a school with rolling admissions or to more schools EA. Many of my peers have already been accepted to college. It might not be the college of their dreams, but a college nonetheless. They have a safety net.

I have nothing.

The fear of not getting into any college haunts me sometimes (although not much since I push it to the back of my mind as much as I can by binge watching TV shows and traveling). I know that I still have options if the worst does happen, as community colleges and gap years aren’t terrible routes to consider, but to the over-achieving Asian kid in me who’s dream school for all of middle school was Yale and who’s family doesn’t really recognize anything below a State school, being rejected from college is a disaster. January and February were really times for me to come to terms with the reality of the situation, and to plan for the future, no matter where I end up.

Before I worry myself senseless with that stuff, I’m going to instead focus on how to keep motivated throughout the rest of the semester. The way I see it, this is a semester to loosen the reigns a little bit, and chill out. However, this must be done productively, and not by slumping around in bed doing nothing. Keeping productive is definitely going to be hard for me, but I’ve got a few tips for surviving the rest of the year.

1. Keep organized.

Remember that assignment that your math teacher gave out last month, and you shrugged off with a typical “Eh, whatever, it doesn’t matter anyway,” and didn’t write down in your planner? The deadline for that is really soon, and, contrary to popular belief, it does matter.

Want to graduate with a decent cumulative GPA? Want to get the most out of the last bit of your schooling experience that you yourself don’t have to pay for? Keep organized, and keep on top of your assignments. This is something I’m struggling with (There were projects assigned in January that I totally forgot about and still haven’t done yet to this day), but I’m managing with a three-tier management and motivation system: a to-do list on my stickies app on my computer, a big calendar view on iProcrastinate, and another to-do list in my bullet journal. Writing it down multiple times motivates me to do it more, and is a safety net for all of my Senioritis struggles.

2. Read read read!

I don’t know about you, but I did not have time in the last few years to sit down with a good book and read. All the books I planned to read on airplanes weren’t read because I fell asleep, all the books I planned to read during breaks weren’t read because I fell asleep, all the books I planned to read on the bus weren’t read because I fell asleep. So basically, my down time for the last two years were all dedicated to sleeping.

But, once I caught up on sleeping over break, and found that I still had time in the afternoon to read, boy did I do it. I started reading all the books I bought that I haven’t read yet, and rereading my childhood favorites (hello Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban), and starting working down the to-read list I’ve accumulated. You don’t even have to feel bad about procrastinating on actual work when you’re reading – you’re still being productive! At least, that’s my excuse.

3. Spend time with your family and friends.

Also a productive form of procrastinating! These are the last few months we get to spend with our families and hometown friends before heading off to college wherever, and who knows how many times we’ll get to see our parents or our cats or our brothers or our friends after we leave? Take the time while you’re not doing your AP Literature homework to talk to your family, play with your pets, hang out with your best friends and siblings. The people I’ve been friends with for the last five years of my life are going to be completely gone in just a few months.

Even scarier, the people I’ve been closest with for my entire life, who I can look forward to seeing at the end of a bad day, who I can ask for advice and for help, are not going to be at my side any more very soon. This is precious time, so use it wisely. It’s crunch time now, both in and out of school. Don’t regret how you spend the last semester of school.

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