You did it: you’re finally a senior in high school. The world is your oyster. You are at the top of the pyramid, you’ve probably gotten into college by this point, and are tempted to rest on your laurels.
Not so fast; just because the future seems set up and perfect doesn’t mean you should toss your academic work to the wind. In fact, senior year can end up being a seriously important part of your educational career. Here’s why senior year matters, and why you shouldn’t use it as an excuse to slack off.
Grades Still Matter: Sorry to burst your senioritis bubble, but just because you’re a senior doesn’t mean your grades stop counting. Colleges like to keep track of your academic work, and will often request transcripts of your final year of high school. A dramatic drop in grades can have your prospective college rethinking your acceptance — so play it safe and keep up the good work.
Early Admissions Repercussions: The above information counts double for those who have worked day and night to achieve early admission to their dream school. Schools that have accepted students early are particularly focused on grades; if your GPA suddenly drops dramatically, your college might reconsider whether you have what it takes to withstand their rigorous academic requirements. At worst, sudden slacker students can end up on academic probation, or even seeing their acceptance withdrawn. Why risk it after all the effort you’ve put into your schoolwork?
Attendance Matters: Maybe you’re one of those lucky students who can ace every test and walk away with a fantastic GPA regardless of how much time you actually spend in class. That doesn’t mean you should stop showing up for school, skipping assignments, and assuming that nobody will notice or care. Schools pick up on things like a bad attendance record; even if your grades are good, the lack of focus and commitment could negatively impact all the hard work and effort you’ve put in up until this point. Keep your attendance record solid, and only skip on days approved by the school (like Senior Skip Days).
Class Placement Considerations: When you finally get to college, you’ll be placed by the administration in the classes and programs that best suit your skills. If your grades and performance drop off senior year, it could hurt your chances of getting into the classes you’ve been eyeing since you first saw the campus. Instead of seeing senior year as a break between the ‘real work,’ look at it as the building block that will get you to the college courses that inspire your imagination.
Senioritis Sets A Bad Precedent: Even if you do get away with slacking off and taking it easy your senior year, that doesn’t mean there won’t be serious consequences. Losing your study mojo and getting used to goofing off can make it that much harder to get back on track come college. Don’t make things harder for yourself; the transition to college is hard enough as it is. Instead, stay focused and organized through senior year. Trust us; future you will thank you in the long run.