Senioritis Essay

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Senioritis


It's 8:20 am; the late bell has rung signaling to all that students should be seated in
class and ready to learn. Students can be seen slamming their lockers and sprinting to
their next class with fear of a detention slip for being late. But lingering in the
hallways is an imaginary disease embedded only in the senior class. The symptoms are well
recognized by the faculty; tardiness, little to no work completed in class, turning in
assignments late, and an overall lethargic attitude rapidly spread from student to student
as the end of the school year nears. Unfortunately, the repercussions of their actions are
not as innocent as some seniors like to believe. Senioritis has short-term as well as
long-term damage on their academic attainment such as loss of college acceptance,
difficulties with college level classes, lack of desire to further education and a
continued apathetic attitude towards the end of any undertaking.

To understand why senioritis is so destructive to a senior's future, it should first be
identified. According to en.wikipedia.org, senioritis is defined as an imaginary syndrome
attributed to students nearing the end of high school and college, whose symptoms include
laziness, procrastination and apathy toward schoolwork. Towards the end of the senior year
of high school, many seniors have already been accepted into colleges, have plans to study
a certain area or will already have jobs lined up for them when they graduate high school.
Many are so focused on the future that the present is no longer important to them. English
class doesn't hold value to a future car mechanic. Biology is irrelevant to the senior
pursuing the dream of being an artist. They have a strong desire to free themselves from
the educational system that has held them there for 12 years. Although they have grown as
a person and a student, in the eyes of a senior, the monotonous details of their school
day have remained unchanged. They arrive at school, get books out of their locker, the
bell rings, they go to class, the teacher talks, they listen. At the end of the day, they
put their books away; and go home only to study for tomorrow's test and sleep. Students
question why they should have to go to certain classes. They know that their grades are
good enough and can still pass with a C regardless of their participation in the class
(The Mysteries of Senioritis). Even the smartest of students will allow their grades
suffer so that they can spend a few more minutes in the hallway with their friends.
Unfortunately, senioritis has almost become a tradition, as some schools have an organized
"Senior Skip Day". Regardless of how innocent some of this seems, senioritis can affect
the rest of a teenager's life in both the short and long-term future.

The short-term repercussions of senioritis are the most noted by colleges. For those
seniors already accepted into colleges, senioritis may have the largest impact. Should
their grades drop significantly throughout their senior year; many colleges reserve the
right to drop their acceptance packet (Marklein). A last minute drop from college forces
the student to either start looking for a new college or may cause them to lose motivation
to attend any further schooling. The senior year is not a time to become complacent; it is
a time to fine tune the skills needed for their successful transition to college. Michael
Kirst, an education professor at Stanford University, points out, "If you are not
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