Why You Should Avoid Senioritis

The hard part is over. You’re done applying to schools. You’ve visited, made your selection, and are enthusiastically planning your dorm room and future college trips with your friends at near by schools.

It’s almost 8:30 pm. This is usually when you do your homework. The algebra book that you’ve loathed the entire year is glaring at you from your book bag. 3 pages of homework due tomorrow morning. You choose the extra hours of sleep instead.

This anecdote of intense procrastination/negligence, or senioritis, may as we speak be pulling you tighter into it’s clutches. It’s easy to preemptively blow off the rest of your senior year.

What’s the worst that could happen you’re already accepted to college?

Wrong! Contrary to pop culture interpretations like Dazed and Confused, your senior year, though often more lax and traditionally academically less rigorous, still counts.

Although, the reasons I have for why you should still keep your head up in class second semester are a little different than the usually advocated.

  • You Gotta Pay to Play

You can’t be slacking off and having the time of your life every second of the day. Your parents, teachers and bosses will all be making your life a bit harder if they see you’ve lost all focus in school.

Continuing to work through your studies, maybe a tad less diligently as usual, will keep all your elders off your back. They understand you are going off to school. However, this is your last chance to show your parents that the money they are spending for your college isn’t going to be a lost cause.

For your teachers, it’ll mean they’ve actually taught you something and fulfilled their role. For your boss or co-workers, it’ll mean you were hired for the right reasons. Sticking commitments out until the end is one of the most important attributes to take to college.

  • Ummm the Capital of the U.S. is..?

Lest you are a student taking a summer course, the amount of serious critical thinking you’ll be engaging in over the summer before college will often be negligible. If you want to make the transition to college as easy as possible, you should try and keep some mental stamina going into your post high school career.

College isn’t high school. Yes there is more customizability and independence, but the standard of acceptable academic performance you are expected to meet is higher. Zoning out in math classes the rest of your senior year will almost guarantee a rough couple months in your freshman year statistics lecture.

Furthermore, this is a great time to get one on one time with your teacher if you are confused or would like to ask some questions about collegiate level courses. Chances are your classes your freshman year are staged in packed lecture halls and individual attention will be scarce.

  • Seize Opportunity

You may not have a resume yet, but it’s all you’re going to hear about when you start college. Most won’t shoot for an internship their first year, but when you move on to your sophomore and junior year you’ll be sifting through resume and cover letter format help and tips.

If you haven’t took advantage of the extra curricular activities at your high school your past 3 years, now would be a good time to get involved. Other than exposing you to new challenges, it will allow you to fill out the bottom of your resume with activities and achievements when you start to make one.

In addition, if you’ve been wait listed for some of the tougher schools to get into, showing them you’ve upped your commitment to school will help with their decision to accept you.

My roommate Brian was waitlisted for Iowa and tried really hard his senior year of high school to get his GPA up. It ended up benefiting him tremendously when they accepted him and he chose the Big Ten school over Illinois State.

Putting a little extra effort into school can make all the difference in terms of your future!

Related Posts

The following two tabs change content below.
Lawrence Mack

Lawrence Mack

Lawrence Mack is a junior at the University of Iowa majoring in English. When he’s not exercising, eating, reading, writing short stories, or scouring the web, Lawrence is contributing to other blogs. An avid Harry Potter fan, self-proclaimed StumbleUpon and YouTube addict, and underrated when it comes to taking naps, Lawrence is looking forward to studying abroad in Thessaloniki, Greece over the Spring Semester of 2012.