Senior Exhibition. Sounds scary, right? Senior Ex. is a year long project for seniors at Oceana High School that is a requirement to graduate. It starts with picking an essential question, then writing a 15+ page paper, including an annotated works cited page, and ends with a 20+ minute presentation. Senior Ex. is a project meant to get seniors ready for college.
At the end of their junior year, students will pick an essential question for their upcoming senior year project and will be given a mentor to help them along the way. A Senior Ex. mentor is an Oceana teacher or administrator who helps students and grades them on everything part of their project. Mentors are an essential part of Senior Exhibition and someone the students can really rely on through this process.
Knowing what Senior Ex. actually is, you may be scared and a little stressed. Don’t worry too much though because Senior Ex. can actually be fun! Here are some tips to help you overcome the stress of Senior Ex. and get through your senior year at Oceana.
Listen to your mentor!
Your mentor’s job is to make Senior Ex. a whole lot easier. If your mentor tells you to change something, you should change it. If you have any questions or concerns for them, don’t be afraid to ask. Your mentor knows what’s best for your paper and will do their very best to help you get a passing grade. Don’t overwork yourself though; if you need a little break, take one.
Let’s say you have been making changes to your paper for an hour straight. Take a 15-30 minute break! The rewards system is good for your mind and increases motivation to continue working on Senior Ex. Take it from me, the rewards system was a huge help when working on the project. Sit down and relax: read a book, take a nap, watch a show, etc. Do whatever you need to do to relax and let yourself calm down for a little while before continuing to work on Senior Ex.
Don’t fall behind
This may be a little funny since we’re talking about staying away from stress as much as possible and staying on track can be stressful sometimes, but it’s very important that you don’t fall behind. You have a lot of class time to work on you Senior Ex., and if you are a T.A., you have even more free time. Deadlines are a major part of Senior Exhibition and they could impact your grade. So while it is important to take care of yourself and reduce your stress, make sure you still stay on track.
Use your time wisely!
Trust me, I get it. You’ve been working on Senior Ex. all week, you have the Chromebooks in class, and you may be tempted to play some games, scroll through social media, or watch some YouTube videos. Don’t give up, though! The more time you use in class to work on your project, the more on track you will be. Staying on track will reduce your stress, so use your time wisely. If you have no other work to do, work on your Senior Ex.
Don’t stress too much about meeting page requirements
When I was working on my Senior Ex. I would constantly stress about meeting page requirements. Worrying about this will only increase your stress. Just try to calm down and keep telling yourself that you’ll meet all the requirements. And if you’re still not meeting them, try finding some more information or talk to your mentor for help, if you are really stuck.
Senior Ex. is a really long process and can be extremely stressful. If you do your best to follow some of these tips, they will help ease your stress and help you to not worry too much about your Senior Exhibition. Good luck on your Senior Ex. papers and presentations!