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Friday, May 4, 2018

Senioritis, Is It Real?

By Sophia S.
Photo of a senior sleeping in on a Friday morning.

Another year is almost coming to an end, and the Class of 2018 seniors of Korea International School Jeju (KISJ) High School are desperate to graduate high school. In high school, “senioritis” is often a popular expression used to describe seniors who are dying to graduate. Senioritis is a crippling disease that affects high school seniors, with symptoms that include laziness, a lack of studying, repeated absences, and a generally dismissive attitude in school. Julie L. a senior at KISJ quotes, “Senioritis is like puberty. It just comes and you can't resist it. It's just what happens”.

In general, KISJ students are exceptionally studious and dedicated to their academics. Many of the students find it hard to live in an environment away from home and from their parents. But despite the challenges the students have to face, most of them work persistently and devote their time in attaining the best results for themselves and for their future. However, with all the late-night studying and never ending assignments and tests, many students become exhausted and overdone with their school life - especially during the last two years of high school. Since senioritis seems to be hitting the seniors at this time of the year, it is questionable whether they still care about their grades or not. “First period study hall is a great excuse to be on my macbook till 3AM”, said Hyunsung L., a senior.

With 2 months of school remaining, many of the seniors this year seem to be experiencing senioritis. “I started to read a book when I realized that I watched every video on Youtube." quotes Yoon H., a senior at KISJ. Daniel K., another senior states, “I don't experience any senioritis. Because I don't live hard. I live smart”. And Bor Yun H., (G12), mentioned,“Would teachers teach without getting paid?” inferring that the students are lacking motivation to work hard in their second semester and until graduation.

According to The Washington Post, “Senioritis is a catchall term for the behavior of many high schoolers in the last half or so of their last year. It’s characterized by slipping grades and a devil-may-care attitude that can test the best parents, teachers and school administrators”. Psychology Today also states, “Those who have decided that as seniors they deserve a “blow off year” may have scheduled less demanding, or even fewer classes, or at least resolved to coast to graduation by doing just enough to get by. After all, college applications only consider one’s grade point average through junior year. So this ‘good time few’ decide to kick back, cut some corners, savor finishing up, and reserve energy for social enjoyment.”

In some more serious cases where students don’t care about their grades and their grades start dropping quite significantly, universities may invalidate or revoke offers for their college admissions. Colleges may send the students a letter during the summer, before their fall semester starts, telling them that they can no longer attend the college due to failure in academic commitment. However, it is mostly known that most colleges do not reject many students because of their grades, and even the most elite schools only revoke a very small number of students. Yet, senioritis in high school may still cause the incoming college freshmen not to be as adequately prepared for college level studies, and may decrease their competence in gaining entrance scholarships. Skyler C., (G12) said, "I heard from so many people that in order to succeed big, I have to fail big first. And I know that right now is the only time in my life that I can fail big without worrying about consequences."

Still, some universities require seniors to send their final transcript, including their last semester of senior year. And since Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and other advanced programs usually have their final exams in early May, these tests provide a challenge to seniors who are battling with senioritis, since most college and university admissions are decided in March and April.
About the author
Sophia S. is a grade 12 student at KISJ.  
She is a current Honors Journalism student.

Overall, seniors at KISJ are biased on their thoughts and perspectives about how they’re needing to cope with senioritis on their second semester. Still, students should not be careless of their last semester of their senior year and instead try to spend more time doing things they like outside of academics, and seek more opportunities for enjoying their last few months at high school without much effect on their academic levels.

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