“Senioritis- From the word senior plus the suffix -itis (which refers to inflammation but in colloquial speech is assumed to mean an illness), is a colloquial term used in the United States to describe the decreased motivation toward studies displayed by students who are nearing the end of their high school, college and graduate school careers.”
You’re near the end and graduation is only months away, even you juniors begin to feel the joys of graduating high school long before you actually walk down that isle to receive your diploma. But BE CAREFUL! In your college planning finishing high school with gusto is part of the admission process. Admissions councilors are looking at test scores and grades, but they are also eyeing the kind of student you will be. Finishing strong says a lot about your character and it can go a long way in the admissions process.
If you are a volunteer, make sure you finish your commitment strongly, even if you are about to graduate. Even if you’re about to graduate with honors, those final exams do still matter. This phenomenon has been observed on college campuses nationwide and while coined in the 1960’s, it is still very much a part of the college admissions vocabulary today.
Some of the more serious consequences of senioritis include drastic reductions in grades, poor performance and preparations, and ‘flaking’ out on commitments. These can cause some colleges to rescind offers (although rare) or even worse, students who suffer from the senioritis may not be adequately prepared for the intensified college curriculum that awaits them.
Solutions to the proposed “senioritis” may include non-traditional learning opportunities like field trips, social networking and blogging, experiential learning opportunities like studying abroad and service learning like picking up trash on the beaches and learning about the importance of social responsibility. These and other options may help to curb the effects of senioritis.
Setting goals and keeping yourself focused can be a key to success for you if you struggle with this common issue. But don’t forget to reward yourself! Take some time to relax a bit with friends or family so that you can truly enjoy your senior year of High School, just don’t let yourself slip into the apathy that comes with the knowledge that graduation is near! Some suggestions may be:
**Go see a movie late on a Friday night after a long week of studying, sleep in on Saturday
**Go to the beach; lay out, play some volleyball and enjoy the sun
**Take a road trip over the weekend!