Senioritis is defined as:
“A crippling disease that strikes high school seniors. Symptoms include: laziness, an over-excessive wearing of track pants, old athletic shirts, sweatpants, athletic shorts, and sweatshirts. Also features a lack of studying, repeated absences, and a generally dismissive attitude. The only known cure is a phenomenon known as graduation.” Urban dictionary
What causes senioritis? High school seniors have taken their last SAT and ACT test, submitted their college applications and essays, and finished their final exams. They are now beginning their second and last semester of high school. Many of them are just plain “over it.” Some are apprehensive about the changes after graduation and others are experiencing burnout. They are tired of the academic and social scene and ready to move on, but this too causes anxiety and moodiness.
Some high school seniors will skip their classes, ignore their homework, and be apathetic to things they used to enjoy. They may be uncommunicative with their parents and seem uninterested in their future. Chances are they have senioritis. While it is easy to provide answers as to how this can happen, high school seniors need to understand that colleges will receive their second semester grades and will not look favorably on students who have been academic slackers.
What can a parent do about senioritis? As a private college counselor, I suggest that you direct your high school senior’s attention to this article for a good dose of reality.