Story by Haley Dixon

Seniors tend to experience a well-known phenomena called “senioritis.” During the second semester of the school year, right after winter break at the beginning of the new calendar year, the production starts to fall off.

A common misconception about senioritis is “colleges don’t care about our final semester grades,” or, “I’ve already been accepted to a school, so what are they going to do? Reject me?”

The answer is, yes. They can.

Colleges do look at behavioral and academic performance, especially during the senior year. A significant drop in grades during the second semester, or even senior year in general, will most likely signal to colleges that you aren’t as dedicated as they previously thought you were causing them to reconsider your presence at their school.

One major problem concerning senioritis is it’s mostly about work ethic. Top notch, straight A students may slack off on their work, making C’s and worse on assignments that they could easily get better grades on. At a certain point, everyone has felt a little bit lazy during their school year, waiting a bit longer to start on that big project or doing the math homework the class before it’s due.

Understandably, senior year probably the most important year of high school. Senior year is stock full of going to sporting events, exciting winter and spring break plans, applying to colleges, prom, and maybe even working a job after school. With all of this going on, it’s understandable how students could fall victim to senioritis.

However, it’s important to keep in mind that a lot weighs on how well you do during senior year. Before deciding to go spend a few hours after school with some friends, make sure to check how much work you have to finish before the next day. A couple of failed grades on some seemingly useless assignments could be the difference between going to college or not.