Senioritis: The 3 Ways to Avoid It & How parents Can Help

Jennifer is a 17-year old from Long Island, NY. She enjoys playing squash and the violin. Her favorite subject is English because she loves to write and read.

Senior year is an important and stressful year; students apply to college and take challenging classes.  A symptom that most seniors get is called Senioritis. According to Time Magazine, “Senioritis attacks high-achieving, average and struggling students alike.” In the fall, students are stressed out about doing applications and have a hard time making choices about their future. However, when students finally get in to a college their mindset completely changes. Seniors begin to slack off a little more in school since they are already into college and are waiting to begin the next stage of their education and life. Being a senior, I have experienced this feeling of Senioritis in myself and in others. For example, I was in class and someone came in late, which resulted in a detention. The student responded, “ok, I’m in college so a detention doesn’t matter to me.” Cutting class, losing focus, and doing poorly in academic work are some of the negative symptoms of Senioritis. However, there are ways to try to prevent this.

1. Thinking about the future

According to Time Magazine a way for seniors to keep focused is to get involved with             activities that may be a bridge to their future; “Internships that keep seniors motivated             by allowing them to explore their passions, dual-enrollment programs on college             campuses that offer a sneak preview of the higher-education experience and tests             designed to alert those likely to have trouble keeping up in college that they should             buckle down.”

2. Your education does not end once you get accepted

Although you may have gotten accepted to a school doesn’t mean your education ends.             Time Magazine notes, “The best cure for some cases of senioritis is a strong dose of             reality. More than 50% of students entering college in the U.S. require remedial course             work once on campus.”

3. Colleges See Your Final Grades

College Board notes that, “Not only does senioritis jeopardize your chances for success later on in college, it can also affect your grades—and college admissions officers pay close attention to your performance senior year.” If your grades go down a lot or if you get in trouble colleges WILL find out and they CAN revoke your acceptance.

Parents do have an impact about helping their senior child excel even if they are already in college and are taking on adult responsibilities. Some students do not even know that internships or college courses are available to them. Talk to your senior child and don’t allow them to get into a senior rut.

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