Ask Andre #2

Dear Andre,

I’m a senior, and with graduation looming so near around the corner, I feel myself losing motivation.

The bar is super low for me this semester, I just have to pass Spanish and LA to graduate. Even so, I’m starting to have my doubts if I can do it. I just don’t want to do any of the work.

Do you have any tips to regain my motivation and get me through the end of the year?

-Slacking Senior

Dear Slacking,

Although it’s a rare thing to lose motivation as a senior, I certainly have heard of a few cases very similar to yours. I’m sure that it must be hard watching your classmates breeze through this year without once missing an assignment, taking a day off, or generally being bothered by the crushing weight of school. But it’s important to remember there have been a few lazy slackers out there like you who struggled to keep their motivation throughout their senior year.

You may not be in the majority, but believe it or not, you’re definitely on the right track. Most people won’t tell you this, but graduating high school actually lowers your potential salary. One study by an independent researcher at Boulder High School found that high school grads earn an average of $10,000 less than their unmotivated counterparts! You’ve probably heard that Bill Gates and Steve Jobs dropped out of college to start their tech giant Micro-Apple, but the truth is that they never made it that far. The pair started the company in Jobs’ garage during the winter break of their senior year and never went back to school.

The best advice I can give you is to follow your heart and give up on graduating (and since you won’t be going to college you should withdraw all your applications to any colleges I’m applying to).

Sincerely,

Andre

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