Don’t Become a Victim of Senioritis!
Written by: Sarah Miller for Student Choice
Senioritis – noun. A crippling disease that strikes high school seniors. Symptoms include: laziness, an over-excessive wearing of track pants, old athletic shirts, sweatpants, athletic shorts, and sweatshirts. Also features a lack of studying, repeated absences, and a generally dismissive attitude. The only known cure is a phenomenon known as graduation. (According to Urban Dictionary)
Spring is prime time for senioritis to strike. The weather is getting warmer and senior year is winding down. You’re looking forward to the coming months – hanging out with friends, attending prom and graduation parties, and maybe even a big road trip before you and your friends leave for college.
I remember the end of my senior year of high school. I’d loaded my schedule the previous three years to leave room for some coveted study halls. Even as an honor roll student I hoped for some slacking off in my final year – I was ready to be set free! But fortunately I also knew I had to keep my grades up and continue to work in those final months before graduation.
It can be easy to blow off responsibilities in your senior year, but think of it this way: when you watch a sprinter competing in a big race, do they slow down as they approach the finish line? No way! They run harder and faster to get to their destination, and you need to keep that drive in mind.
Grades still matter!
Just because you’ve been accepted to college doesn’t mean you can slack off in the final months of your senior year. Colleges will check your final transcripts! If you’ve been awarded admission or a scholarship based on GPA or class rank, those accomplishments can easily be taken away if you don’t hold up your end of the bargain. For every slacking senior with an acceptance letter in hand, there’s an eager wait-listed student doing everything in their power to earn a spot.
Hold on to that job.
It may be tempting to skip a Friday night shift at work so you can go to a party with your friends, but you’ll need that money – and a good reference – in the future. Let your supervisor know of plans in advance and get someone to cover or trade shifts with you if absolutely necessary.
Senioritis can also bring about a lack of judgment. You’ve heard your parents’ lectures and sat in assemblies at school about the dangers of drinking and driving. That’s because the adults in your life care about your future, and you should too! Never assume the “It won’t happen to me” mentality. Even if you were fortunate enough to survive an accident, it could leave black marks on your permanent record that will follow you for years to come. And if you’re 18, any legal charges come with an adult penalty. One party is not worth jeopardizing your future!
Don’t catch the bug.
Senioritis is highly contagious! If your friends decide to put their responsibilities on the back burner you don’t need to follow suit. Don’t let your classmates talk you into Senior Skip Day or sneaking out the night before exams. Stand your ground and let them know that while you are all for having fun, you also have your future to consider. Plan to attend graduation parties or other summer get-togethers with your friends once you have your diploma in hand.
The key to surviving senior year is moderation. Should you have to spend five hours a night studying? Hopefully not. Nor should you spend five nights a week going out with friends. College will bring a new set of adventures, along with a new set of responsibilities – why not practice that balancing act now?