It’s easy these last few weeks and months of school to let up, to just fade into summer and not finish strong. After all – Spring is here! In Boston the temperature is finally above 40 and it’s a warm, sunny day. What that means for my students is spring fever and senioritis (even for freshmen, sophomores and juniors!)!
If you can gear up and not let down, and finish stronger than everyone else, you will stand out in your classes and in your other activities. It is so much easier to coast to the finish line of the school year, rather than give it your all. But a strong finish is very worthwhile. Why should you put your all into the end? Here’s why:
A memorable finish: when I was in band, our director would always say that the finish is the most important part of whatever piece you were playing because it’s what people remembered the most about the music. “Finish strong and the audience will not remember the mistakes you made in the middle!” Or think about any long-distance race you’ve ever watched. The ones who you remember the most are the ones who really pushed themselves at the end, gave it that final kick and then collapsed at the finish line. Now, I’m not recommending collapsing at the end of the semester, but if you really go strong these next few weeks and months, people are going to remember your finish.
You stand out: Spend some time observing the people around you these next few weeks. Do people talk about how tired they are? How much they can’t wait until the end of the year? That they are ready to be done with school? What if you take a different approach – and are energized by the end of the year! Be excited that the end of the year is coming because you can really work that much harder for a short amount of time. People – teachers, advisers, family – are going to notice that you are different than the rest of the crowd. And though that can be a little scary, it also makes you stand out in a great way. And if your teachers are seeing just how much you’re putting into your classwork, they might just give you the benefit of the doubt if you’re on the line between grades. Effort shows you care.
The “real” world: School is the real world; it’s not some alternate universe students inhabit. So I laugh when I hear people talk about being in high school and college as if it’s fake. However, there is a cycle to school, a beginning and end and things start fresh each fall. In many jobs there is no real end except in completing a project or the end of the calendar year. So how you finish now will help you create habits for how you finish later. Be conscious that you are nearing the end of your school year or project or even a paper, and hunker down for one more “best shot.” It’s not easy to do, but a strong finish is well worth it.
Good luck to you as you practice your finishing skills! Don’t just fade into summer – finish strong!
Make it a great day! And thanks for reading!
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