Senioritis has hit Northview High School with just two more six-week sessions remaining in the school year.
Senioritis refers to the break most high school seniors like to take during the spring semester of their 12th grade year, their final semester of high school. Symptoms of senioritis include the inability to attend school regularly, failure to concentrate when at school, and refusal to study for and/or finish assignments. This is caused by a student's belief that after they have been accepted to a college, whatever they do doesn't matter. Students not going on to college may get senioritis because they are burned out from school work and are anxious to get a job and start making money.
Senior Lindsey Stearley says, "Senioritis is going through the motions just trying to get to the end and you have to make yourself go through the routine.
You're smiling at classmates because you know they are feeling the same way. You start to think of what's to come and appreciate the little things that you take for granted. It's a mental thing."
These students neglect the fact that college admissions officers pay particular attention to a student's performance during their senior year and can rethink a student's acceptance or scholarships if they fail during their senior year.
Northview High School principal Ken Wallace states, "I've seen it happen. Colleges make scholarships and acceptance contingent on how students perform their senior year up through the end."
Slacking can also cause academic problems in college because students do not have a full high school preparation. Half of college students do not have the preparation and are forced to take slower paced classes. Recent studies have shown that over a quarter of freshman at four-year colleges and almost half at two-year colleges don't make it to sophomore year.
Wallace says that students who shut their brains off this time of year are less likely to pick it up when they need to. He also believes that the greatest predictor of future success is involvement in extracurricular activities which also helps combat senioritis. He suggests to students that they keep working and do their best, because what they do now does matter, and they need to keep an eye on things that are important.
"The fact that they are so anxious to get out of school when they get senioritis saddens me because they are the best class to come along in the past few years," statesdteacher Gina Crooks.
Several factors may be to blame for senioritis. Students are anxious to get on with their lives and are worried if they have made the right decisions, a drastic change in weather makes it difficult to concentrate and some of them are getting a taste of money which seems more important than anything being offered at school.
Teacher Calvin Vitz refers to this as paycheck vs. diploma, when attendance at work becomes more important than attendance at school. He said, "So many seniors work and they figure they can do just enough to get by."
Senior Travis Turner is in the battle of diploma vs. paycheck. Turner says he often finds himself coming to school for a lot of half days because of the long hours he puts in at work. This lackluster effort is being displayed by a number of students with senioritis and it's aggravating to teachers.
"It's frustrating as a teacher because kids stop doing their work and as a teacher you are always trying to get the best out of students," teacher Tony Trout stated.
Though it may be too late for this year's seniors, other students can benefit from suggestions from Collegeboard.com on how to make the most out of senior year:
Maintain a Challenging Course Load
You should take the most rigorous courses available, and be sure to continue taking college-track subjects. Consider AP® courses, which can also earn you credit at many colleges.
Stay Active and Involved
Your continued involvement in activities, sports, volunteer work, etc. will help you stay active and focused throughout your final year. A great internship or career-focused job opportunity can help motivate you to start considering your career options. Meaningful and significant experiences will help prepare you to make informed decisions about your education and career goals.
Try out College Early
If you're interested in pursuing a subject further, and have excelled at your high school classes so far, consider taking a class at a local college. This challenge can help you avoid sliding into an academic slump, and stimulate your interest in the possibilities of college.