It’s one of the biggest rites of passage of senior year: the chance to contract senioritis. While not a literally fatal disease, senioritis could be the cause of your academic demise—and possibly that of others as well. It may be the only disease students dream about their entire high school career, but that doesn’t mean it’s the best idea to fall under its spell. Like any other disease, it causes a lot of problems.
One of the biggest reasons students gladly accept senioritis is because they may not realize the importance of second semester grades. Even though class rank may be locked in and most students have already applied to college, it doesn’t mean that the grades don’t matter. Colleges usually only ask for midyear transcripts, but once you’re accepted, you must submit second semester grades as well. While it’s rare and usually only happens in the case of an extreme drop in grades, they can rescind their decision—leaving a student without a college because of senioritis.
Another reason grades matter is for scholarships. Some colleges only look at first semester grades and make a decision based on those, but others may take away the money, or decrease the amount, if second semester grades are too low.
Lots of times in high school, there will be a few teachers who simply give up trying to teach the seniors because of their lack of focus. However, not all teachers are that nice to those suffering from senioritis. But seniors really shouldn’t resent those teachers, or fight against them. The three months between the end of senior year and college is already enough time to forget a lot of the information learned that year. That plus an entire semester? There is no possible way to retain all of that information. And why retain it? Believe it or not, some college courses expect students to have previous knowledge. Slacking senior year does not make it easy to keep that knowledge in your brain.
Academics aside, completely slacking off and falling victim to senioritis may disappoint many people. Teachers, though they probably have experience with the disease, generally don’t want to see their students fail. They also get frustrated when they are attempting to teach and being completely ignored by the students because “it’s second semester.” Since they have to be at school, students may as well respect their teachers and try to learn something.
Speaking of having to be at school, some students use the excuse of senioritis to skip several days of school. While skipping one or two days isn’t the end of the world, when seniors end up skipping entire weeks, it becomes a problem. Depending on the state, not being at school for a certain number on the days will be considered truancy—and that is illegal. Getting in trouble with the law may not be the best way to end your high school career.
Effect on Underclassmen
Underclassmen look up to the seniors, and when they see them not actually putting in effort, they might catch senioritis far too early. While slacking in the final semester is sometimes understandable, starting that trend earlier in high school could have disastrous consequences. Seniors need to be conscious of the example they set, and realize a case of senioritis isn’t the best one. Additionally, a “too cool for school” attitude may be one of the most annoying things to deal with for underclassmen who still have up to three more years stuck in high school.
No matter what happens after senior year, it’s important to remember that that last semester is still a part of your high school experience. Though you may just want to get out of high school and move on to better things, it’s time that you can never get back. Actually enjoy senior year and make memories with your friends—but don’t forget that an education is what school is really about. If you keep that in mind, Senioritis won’t stick around for long.
Check out some more motivation to get through senior year here.