Senior Ites Essay

1207 words - 5 pages

It’s 8:05 am; the late bell has rung signaling to all that students should be seated in class and ready to learn. Students can be seen slamming their lockers and sprinting to their next class with fear of a tardy slip for being late. But lingering in the hallways is an imaginary disease embedded only in the senior class. The symptoms are well recognized by the faculty; tardiness, little to no work completed in class, turning in assignments late, and an overall lethargic attitude rapidly spread from student to student as the end of the school year nears. Unfortunately, the repercussions of their actions are not as innocent as some seniors like to believe. Senioritis has short-term as well as ...view middle of the document...

They arrive at school, get books out of their locker, the bell rings, they go to class, the teacher talks, they listen. At the end of the day, they put their books away; and go home only to study for tomorrow’s test and sleep. Students question why they should have to go to certain classes. They know that their grades are good enough and can still pass with a C regardless of their participation in the class. Even the smartest of students will allow their grades suffer so that they can spend a few more minutes in the hallway with their friends. Unfortunately, senioritis has almost become a tradition, as some schools have an organized “Senior Skip Day”. Regardless of how innocent some of this seems, senioritis can affect the rest of a teenager’s life in both the short and long-term future.
The short-term repercussions of senioritis are the most noted by colleges. For those seniors already accepted into colleges, senioritis may have the largest impact. Should their grades drop significantly throughout their senior year; many colleges reserve the right to drop their acceptance packet A last minute drop from college forces the student to either start looking for a new college or may cause them to lose motivation to attend any further schooling. The senior year is not a time to become complacent; it is a time to fine tune the skills needed for their successful transition to college. If you are not well-prepared to succeed in college then the senior year is your last chance to be prepared. Those who allow senioritis to occupy their mindset may find themselves having more difficulty in college, as over half of all seniors are not college-ready upon graduation. Recent data from the National Center for Education Statistics show that in fall of 2000, 20 percent of entering freshmen at four-year public institutions took a remedial course, while 42 percent at community colleges did .Seniors that choose not to attend school at all may find themselves in trouble with their parents or the law. As with many teenagers, boredom (from not attending school or having a job) and peer pressure leads to careless and illicit conduct that causes them to act out in manners that are unbecoming of a young adult in our society (Senioritis).
Additionally, some students are nervous about attending college. Students, who are not as confident in their futures as others, will experience a different type of senioritis. Instead of complacency there is a “fear factor” they are enduring. The senior year for a student holds certain significance; they are finally at the top of the food chain. If they attend...

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