How to deal with Senioritis
April 8, 2011 • Sarah Landers, Staff Reporter
Filed under Student Life
For some younger students, the term “senioritis” might sound like some strange illness, but for students who are nearing the end of their high school career, this term is all too familiar.
Senioritis is a term used to describe decreased motivation toward studies displayed by students who are about to graduate. The main “symptoms” of senioritis include: procrastination, lack of motivation, a drop in academic performance, a desire to drop out of school, coasting, truancy, and frequent tardiness.
One of the main reasons that seniors begin to slack off their second semester is that their GPA is frozen. This means that their grades for that semester will not be figured into their overall GPA, except for the Salutatorian and Valedictorian.
Although having your GPA frozen is a nice break to have after three and a half years of worrying about grades and classes, don’t be too quick to blow off all of your work.
Several colleges have taken back their scholarship offers or admission due to seniors slacking off in their classes their last semester. This occasionally happens, but it does catch some seniors by surprise.
So now a lot of people are wondering to themselves, “How can I slack off as much as possible these last few months without ruining my chances of graduating and getting into college?” Don’t deny it, because it’s what all seniors are thinking. Well, the key to dealing with senioritis and that nagging urge to slack off is to not worry yourself about little mistakes and just keep reminding yourself that you will only have to spend a few more months in high school before you’re off to a new life in college or the real world.
If you do happen to get a bad grade on one test or an assignment, don’t panic. Grades are frozen so it won’t be figured into your GPA. I’m not saying it’s alright to do nothing, but seniors are old enough to make their own decisions and be responsible for their actions. So if seniors choose to blow off their schoolwork and they end up not graduating then that’s on their shoulders.
Just like seniors should have learned in economics, the opportunity costs of working hard on tests, studying, and homework might not be worth it in the long run. Just don’t slack off so much that you completely ruin your chances of graduating.
Another way to deal with senioritis is to constantly remind yourself that you will be walking across that graduation stage soon and be able to move on. The days might go by faster than you think, and for those who aren’t quite ready to leave this miniature world of high school behind, you should cherish the last days here and be ready for the grown-up world ahead.
So basically, seniors don’t forget that you’ve worked hard for almost four years and you deserve a little bit of a break now and then. Don’t completely freak out about grades and classes, but don’t drop out of school or anything drastic. Also, keep reminding yourself that high school is only temporary and you will be out of here sooner than you think, whether you consider that a blessing or a tragedy.
And to all those juniors, sophomores, and freshmen who might be experiencing senioritis a bit early, good luck from all the seniors who are now enduring the real deal. We wish you the best of luck in the years to come.