For many students, senior year is relatively much easier than junior year; however, even with this easier schedule, a variety of students’ GPAs still tend to drop. Why could this be? Senioritis.
This phenomena has become widely common throughout high school, as well as in college seniors. Aaron Mckay had some insight on this “disease.” He believes that Senioritis is largely a motivational issue caused by a student’s focus being diverted from school, and towards extracurriculars, friends, and planning their future. Mckay says, “They focus on the future so much that they sometimes forget that there is still stuff they have to do in the present.” Aaron’s first piece of insight accurately determines the causes of this, yet he continued with another idea to why it’s so effective throughout SLV. He said, “some take a very light load of classes and feel like they are not necessary for the future of their lives.” This focus towards a future may seem smart, yet in reality, it could ruin the future students have been planning.
According to a recent article in the New York Times, second semester senior grades can actually affect your future much more than many anticipate. Last year alone, one college, CU Boulder, rescinded forty-five admitted freshman’s acceptances due to poor final semester grades, and this is not the only college doing this. Many other colleges revoked dozens of acceptances, all due to one general cause: Senioritis. So how can one combat this life-ruining disease? In reality it seems simple; all one has to do is continue to push through, and maintain motivation through this final spring 2017 semester. Advice for the SLV class of 2017: push through. The hardest years are mostly over, but that does not mean that highschool is over. Until hats are thrown at graduation, the colleges still care. Whatever the future holds, it is still dependent upon these last months, weeks, and days of the highschool experience.
By Ben Yanowitz