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The Dangers of Senioritis

Sen·ior·i·tis

sēnyəˈrītis/ noun


An affliction, characterized by a decline in motivation or performance, affecting students in their final year of high school or college.

Whether it’s slacking off in school, failing classes, procrastinating or neglecting responsibilities all together; Senioritis has many undeniable symptoms that often times have debilitating effects. Many seniors justify their laziness by pushing the notion that colleges have already received their application, therefore the rest of their high school career no longer has any barring on their college acceptance. However, this theory has debunked as colleges have rescinded applications as the result of an applicant's bad case of “Senoritis.”

Students tend to start their year off strong and work very hard to get good grades, perform well on standardized tests, and to be active contributors in their school and broader community. Once a college acceptance letter is received, a student may choose to slack off and engage in what is a seemingly well-deserved “break”. If a student’s deteriorating work ethic has observable impacts, a college may choose to rescind a prospective student's acceptance due to:

1. A Significant Change in Grades

Usually, a college will not rescind an acceptance based off a slight drop in grades alone, but a huge plummet can result in an offer being revoked. According to the NACAC, 65% of rescinded acceptances were a result of poor academic performance. It is incredibly important to maintain or exceed the standards the school accepted you on. Revoking an offer is not unheard of and is most often practiced by public colleges.

2. Disciplinary Actions

As recorded by a 2009 survey taken by the NACAC, 35% of the colleges that revoked admissions did so as result of disciplinary issues. Whether it be a suspension, expulsion, or even arrest or imprisonment, a student must be cognizant of the possible consequences of all actions, as one ill-reasoned choice can serve as a detriment to their future.

3. Falsified Application Information

College admissions officers are attracted to well-rounded students that maintain competitive grades, show an interest in being involved in communities or activities, are recipients of awards or scholarships, amongst other things. It can be very easy to falsify such information as a means of strengthening an application, but lying on an application can have disastrous effects. Colleges can verify the information and if proven false, and can revoke one's application. In 2009 NACAC survey concluded 29% of rescinded applications and acceptances were a result of false information.

To avoid having your college acceptance rescinded, it is important to fight off the tempting nature of Senioritis, lying and reckless behavior. These poor behaviors can have a damaging effect on the success of your college and professional careers. Senioritis is risky so be sure to STAY FOCUSED AND DETERMINED on graduating highschool with your best foot forward.

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