Senioritis Kicking In?

By Sydney Newcomb

It’s your final year of high school, the stress has gotten to you, and you can’t do it any more….you have SENIORITIS. Some might consider senioritis an actual disease, but as stated in the dictionary it’s “a supposed affliction of students in their final year of high school or college, characterized by a decline in motivation or performance.” So basically, Senioritis is being lazy and wanting to get the heck out of high school your senior year.

Some of the common symptoms of senioritis include:

  • Lower grades

  • Lower GPA

  • Cutting class

  • Lack of motivation

  • Not completing assignments

Although none of these symptoms are fatal, they can definitely affect what colleges or universities you may get into.

So how can you avoid senioritis? THINK LONG TERM! Most of you are still going to be going to school for another four years, so why slack off now? You’ll have all summer to hang with your friends and not worry a bit about school work. Yes, you might be tired of your teachers pushing you, but at least they care. Most of your college professors won’t care about your grades, much less your attendance, so be grateful for great teachers while we have them.  

Need more reasons to not get swallowed by senioritis? You have work your butt off, especially your junior and senior year. Whether you took AP, Advanced Studies, or just a regular courses, they all matter! Some of you already have college credit, so don’t flush it down the toilet now. Keep not only your grades up, but your attendance as well. I know the last semester can be especially tough, but give it everything you have.

One of the most important things to remember when you think you’ve caught the senioritis bug is that colleges can withdraw your acceptance. Let’s say you got into your dream school and your last semester of senior year you starting slacking off because you’re already accepted and know that's where you’re going. That college could still change their mind based upon your grades.

Senior year is definitely one of the most stressful times; you have scholarships, picking a school, picking a major, and still work along with that. Using some of these tips will hopefully help you not catch the bug:

  • Stay focused

  • Stay organized

  • Remember all the hard work you’ve already done

  • Keep your eye on the prize

  • Fix bad habits NOW

  • Remember grades still matter

  • But most importantly, make it your best year yet!

Senior year can be stressful to what feels like no end, but the biggest thing to remember all throughout your last year of high school is to make it your best year. You’ll never see some of these people ever again so build relationships. Don’t be afraid to be yourself. Be in the school talent show, go to school dances, have a blast on fun day, get involved in clubs, go on field trips, and just have fun!  

Throughout senior year try your very best to live in the moment. Try not to get caught up in the stress, think about the best parts of senior year instead of the worst. You might not think it now, but once you’ve taken on the real world, you’ll miss it. You’ll realize they really were the best four years of your life.