Every year, seniors in high school are tempted to suffer the same phenomenon: a decrease in work ethic, increase in absences, and slip in grades, due to a lack of motivation after being accepted into college, better known as the infamous “senior slide.” 

While Providence Academy’s Senior Class of 2024 may feel “exhausted” or “burnt-out” from the pressure of their advanced courses or college applications, there are still AP tests and final exams on the horizon, which keep them from “sliding” through the rest of senior year. 

According to the Class of 2024, there are a few ways to avoid the senior slide. 

Chase Millerbernd, ’24, takes advantage of a study hall, using the time to do his math homework with friends.

First, keep up with your assignments. Tierney Dennison, ‘24, explains that making to-do lists and checking them off is a great way to keep track of outstanding assignments.  Another way to efficiently finish assignments is to use study halls wisely. “As seniors, we have a bunch of study hall opportunities, so if you actually do your homework during them it will keep you from sliding,” emphasizes Lily Regensburger, ‘24. However, if you chose to finish your homework at home, Leightyn Ferrell, ‘24, advises to “lay out a schedule and put your phone away so that you can stay focused.” 

Next, remain motivated. “Having a goal in mind for the future helps me to keep my grades up,” explains Libby Bruce, ‘24. For Bruce, this means keeping her GPA stable in order to rush into a sorority in the fall. But for others, like Trey Albertini, ‘24, this means keeping a certain GPA for scholarships. Albertini explains that, “scholarship opportunities keep me motivated to keep my grades up, since I could lose them if they slip.” Additionally, some seniors run the risk of losing their spot at a college or university if they give in to the Senior Slide. “My mentality is that colleges can still take me out if I ‘Senior Slide’ too hard. Plus, if you’re on a waitlist, you are forced to keep your grades up,” emphasizes Sandra Alb, ‘24. 

Finally, don’t be afraid to ask for help. “It’s easy to lean on the people around you; all of the teachers are here to help you, and they are always very personable,” remarks Mark Beauchamp, ‘24. Tess Klammer, ‘24, adds, “The teachers all want us to succeed and be prepared for college; they make sure we know when they are available to talk to in order for us to really understand the concepts that we learn in class.”

While the Seniors may feel that they’re dealt an abundance of schoolwork, they are still determined to end their high school career on a high note, and hope that future classes will use their advice as a guide to avoid the slide.