Annie Paulison provides 5 tips to maximize your senior slide

The senior slide is essential to surviving the end of senior year, and here are tips to makes your slide #prime.


Ginny Lyons

Annie Paulison smiles as her senior slides goes swimmingly.

Annie Paulison, Staff Writer

By definition, the senior slide is when seniors in high school decide, especially after they get accepted into a college, that they want to slack off and/or be lazy. If you’re a current junior, you might think that the senior slide is far off. That is your first and biggest mistake. The perfect senior slide is created months before senior year begins with a good class schedule and mediocre third-quarter grades. It might sound like too much work, but one thing I know for certain is that you will thank yourself later if you comply by the following steps to make your senior year the stress-free and carefree before you enter the workplace and begin facing the possibility of never having this choice to sit back and relax presented before you again. 

  1. Sign up for a free hour along with your wellness

By allowing yourself an extra free hour, you allow yourself to get the homework we both know you won’t be doing at home done. You give yourself a little “you time” to spare along with plenty of time to focus. By signing up for this extra free period, you allow yourself to have time to talk to friends you may be far, far away from next year, eat some extra snacks from Taher, talk to teachers, the list goes on.

  1. Choose easy electives

By choosing easy electives, you allow yourself to focus on the bigger, more strenuous classes you may have signed up for. Instead of taking the electives that everyone takes, take the ones that interest you. By doing so, you will soon notice that instead of dreading going to class, you will look forward to it or at the very least, find the time spent within that particular classroom more useful.

  1. Study with friends using Google Docs

Tired of filling out countless study guides on your own? If you answered yes to this question, you have not been fully utilizing the resources right at your fingertips. Google Docs found within your school email allows you to participate in collaborative note taking, collaborative study guide completion, collaborative group project work, and collaborative collaboration of all sorts with your friends or classmates. It is so simple, yet so genius. Lots of people will get together and compare notes to create massive study guides, but since Google Docs lets you collaborate with the click of a button, there is no longer a reason to waste a trip to meet with group mates at the local coffee shop. By using this application, you can get a lot more written down than you could by yourself by simply assigning each member a designated section to fill out. It is time to stop the hassling and join forces to make the remainder of your senior year as mellow as possible.

  1. Be on time so you don’t have to take your finals

While it may seem like taking your finals is not the biggest deal in the world, once the second semester of senior year hits, I promise you will feel differently. By the end of the year, your energy and attention levels have most likely dropped significantly, so save yourself the hassle by simply being on time to your classes. Show up to class because after you hit four absences and pass the three tardy limit, you will have deep anguish the day after school gets out when you have to come back in and take your tests. Save yourself the stress by simply waking up 15 minutes earlier or packing your things up before the bell rings. These tips will help you in the long run; trust me.

  1. Invest in a pair of joggers

In order to feel comfortable and relaxed in school, it is necessary you look comfortable and relaxed while doing it. If you’re like me and don’t believe in the old saying “Dress Well to Test Well,” then I suggest you make your way to the nearest Target or whatever store suits your fancy to buy some comfortable sweats. While we are not allowed to wear leggings, it is very much in dress code to wear a good old pair of joggers. I suggest you buy yourself a nice pair that will last you the entire year and maybe even a sweatshirt, too. By doing so, I assure you will have a most pleasant, warm, and cozy senior slide.