“Senioritis” is an affliction that hits high school seniors during their second semester. They assume that since colleges have already accepted or rejected them in the spring, the colleges won’t know or care what grades they got in their second semester of senior year.
However, college admissions do want their entire high school transcript, and if they slack off on college requirements, they might not get in.
Colleges still need final transcript
Many high schoolers do work extra hard in their junior year and first semester senior year to boost their grade point average (GPA) to look attractive to college admissions offices. They believe that colleges make their acceptance decisions very early, and don’t consider what high school seniors get in their last semester.
This is a fallacy: colleges do want to see a copy of your final transcript. “A significant grade dip second semester is a huge red flag—is this student really committed? Can he or she follow through? Maybe this student isn’t mature enough after all to handle the demands of a college curriculum,” wrote Kat Cohen in “The Truth About Senioritis” in HuffingtonPost.com January 22, 2016.
Colleges can rescind your acceptance
Colleges have the right to rescind your acceptance if you deviate from what they are expecting of you. “According to the National Association for College Admission Counseling, 22 percent of colleges revoked an admissions offer in 2009…Final grades were responsible for the majority of the revocations—65.3 percent—followed by disciplinary information learned about a student and falsified applications,” wrote Elizabeth Chuck in “Don’t Catch Senioritis! It Could Cost You Your College Acceptance,” posted on NBCNews.com May 20, 2015. Also, if you’re waitlisted at any colleges that make last-minute acceptance decisions, your bad grades can affect their final decision.
Parents disapprove of Senioritis
Parents are unlikely to be thrilled that you’re slacking off your senior year. It sets a bad precedent for how you will likely study and do your work when you’re in college (with no parental supervision). If you begin to think that there are appropriate times you’re allowed to slack off, then you’re probably not going to have a successful study ethic or work ethic. Doing your best should be expected at all times.
Relax, take a break
On the other side of the debate, there’s nothing wrong with resting after working so hard. Don’t go nuts and get all D’s in your classes. But if you’ve earned mostly A’s and B’s, got an impressive GPA, and colleges are salivating over you – that’s a good thing. Many seniors even take easy classes last semester so they can relax. You’ve earned a decent rest period, a few months before college starts, because when you get to college, you’ll be working your butt off! There is no slacking in college. High school is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so enjoying your senior year and going out with a blast of fun isn’t so terrible. It’ll make terrific memories.
Take responsibility for your own studying
Second semester senior year is a great time for high school students to take responsibility for studying and grades. “The easiest way to avoid senioritis is to stay focused. Remind yourself ‘it’s not over, ’til it’s over’ if you start to feel unmotivated or lazy. Keep the end goal in mind—graduation and higher education. Without focusing on the prize, it’s easy to rest on your laurels,” according to Suzanne Shaffer in “The Dangers of Senioritis” posted in TeenLife.com April 18, 2015.
If you see that your slacking off is affecting your grades too much (OMG, a C?!) then you’ll realize that ignoring your grades has detrimental effects and you’ll become self-motivated to do better so you won’t see such bad grades on your college transcript.