Being in my last semester of high school, a popular word rings through the senior population: senioritis. Senioritis is defined as “a supposed affliction of students in their final year of high school or college, characterized by a decline in motivation or performance”. Although many students have completely embraced their rightful duty as a senior to take the easiest classes and only worry about passing them, I feel as though it is important to still attempt to combat the overused excuse “its senior year..it doesn’t matter”.
First of all, colleges like to see that you are taking at least some classes of rigor. If you are border line for getting into the college that you want, the classes you take your senior year may be a deciding factor. Also, after you have been accepted, it is still important that you keep your grades up. After sending in your final transcript, although it is extremely uncommon to get your acceptance completely pulled, a much more realistic and common scenario that could happen is that you get put on academic probation. This means that you get put on the university’s “watch list” and if you don’t receive a GPA of 2.0 or higher your first semester of college, you will no longer be able to attend. Your GPA would have to dip pretty low in order to get put on academic probation, but it is still important to focus on not allowing that to happen.
Another common occurrence to happen in college is that some students are never able to escape the senioritis mindset. They take the slacking mindset that they have built up in high school and carry it with them to college. If you work hard and create good study habits now, it will most likely affect you positively when in college.
Additionally, I can NOT stress the importance of taking AP classes!!! Not only are they a big GPA booster, but they have the potential to save you so much money in college. Instead of paying hundreds of dollars taking a required class in college that you really don’t want to take, you could take it in high school and just pay $90 per AP test. In all Texas public universities, all you need to score is a 3 or higher and the college much accept it as credit. Word hard now and you will be rewarded by paying less money.
However, although I have given many reasons as to why senioritis should be avoided, I also think that you should be allowed to reward yourself with some of the perks that come with being a senior. For example, taking off periods. Completely okay and frankly, my favorite thing about this year. Also, its okay to take some super easy classes as long as you are still working to maintain an A in them and you are taking other AP classes. Its okay to reward yourself but only to a certain extent,
Overall, even though its senior year and no one can think of anything else but getting out of high school and moving on to college, I think it is so important to fight the urge and to actually try. Combat senioritis and your future self will thank you!