Senioritis. It’s a thing.
Are you feeling less than excited for your classes during this, your last semester at high school? Do you experience a strong desire to hang out with friends? Are you reluctant to even look at your books for this semester? If so, you may have come down with a case of senioritis. Yes, it’s real. But don’t worry! Our experts at Meemli are well-versed on the issue. Here are the answers to some of the most common questions about the affliction.
Who Gets It?
Senioritis is very common among high school seniors, affecting almost every one of them at some point or another. Senioritis is also incredibly contagious and spreads quickly within friend groups, so make sure your friends are not afflicted as well!
What Are The Symptoms?
Symptoms of senioritis vary with the severity of case, but may include the following: late assignments, declining test scores, or a general lack of academic motivation. Other more severe symptoms can include: skipping class, not turning in assignments, or poor second semester grades. As you can see, it’s important not to let your senioritis case worsen.
Is It Serious?
Some senioritis is perfectly normal. You’ve worked hard academically for the past 3 and a half years, you just went through the stress of college applications, and the end of high school is clearly within sight. A slight break on your part is well-deserved, and some of your second semester should be devoted to friendship, relaxation, and making memories.
However, it’s crucial to remember that your second semester of senior year still matters. Low second semester grades can lower your GPA, and can indicate to admissions officers that you aren’t committed to your education; every year, students get admission offers rescinded due to their second semester performance. But this isn’t meant to scare you! Senioritis can absolutely be overcome, but it’s easier to manage if it’s caught in the early stages.
What’s The Cure?
Experts are working furiously on the problem, but unfortunately, as it stands, there exists no known cure for senioritis – it can only be managed until it goes away on its own (after graduation). Throughout your second semester, it’s important to keep your eye on the prize and keep your end goal in mind: College. You want to look your best before leaving high school, and finishing strong academically helps maintain the image you’ve presented to colleges and future employers.
A great way to stay on track is to have friends that help keep you focused. If you and your friends make sure to buckle down and study between your other activities, it’ll be less tempting to slack off. Plus, you’ll still be spending time with friends!
A winning strategy is take out your planner and craft your schedule in advance, so you can stay on top of your assignments while still having some time for fun and friends. Scheduling helps reduce stress, something that should be relatively minimal during your second semester.
Senioritis affects millions of students every year, and can pose a significant challenge to those who don’t take notice and deal with it. But, with the right mindset and approach, you can keep up your awesome school record and still make your final semester of school the best one!
The Meemli team wishes you a speedy recovery from senioritis!