Editorials and Opinions

Senior Slump is the beginning of a bad habit

By Sidrah Baloch
Published: February 2010

Senioritis. According to UrbanDictionary.com, the symptoms are severe (“laziness, an over-excessive wearing of track pants ¦ a lack of studying, repeated absences, and a generally dismissive attitude), and the cure singular (graduation).

By the time we reach the halfway mark of our thirteenth year of schooling, most of us are thoroughly exhausted and ready for a well-deserved break. But while slumping may seem like the only way to survive this final semester, its negatives outweigh its positives in more ways than one.

The fundamental mindset behind Slump is that schoolwork no longer matters once first semester grades have been sent to colleges. But we shouldn’t assume that colleges will disregard our second semester grades, especially this year, when admissions officers are faced with record-setting applicant numbers that are pushing class size limits and sending fully qualified students to the wait-lists.

It may seem unlikely that a college would rescind someone’s admission based on one semester of grades, but acceptance letters warn that “your admission is contingent on your continued successful performance,  and we have no reason not to take them seriously.

Colleges accept students based on a number of things, including academic performance. It’s not fair for us to purposefully slack off when we’ve presented ourselves to them as good students and, more importantly, been rewarded for this merit. The truth is, when we slump, our grades account for it, and colleges are watching for signs of senioritis. Why risk it when we’ve worked so hard?

Even if college is not a part of your future plans, slumping can do nothing but detract from your work ethic, something that you will take with you through the rest of your life. In real life, it is never appropriate to simply stop caring or trying for four months and still expect to succeed.

You would never tell your boss or your supervisor that you’re going to take the rest of the year off and assume you will still have a job and a paycheck to show for it.

For those who do plan on going to college, maintaining good work habits for the rest of this year is a necessary part of preparing for next year.

Slumping only detracts from your work ethic, something that you will take with you through the rest of your life.

High school is when we’re supposed to develop effective study methods, and we shouldn’t sell ourselves short by giving up too early. Colleges won’t wait for us if we slump, and neither will future employers.

Finally, consider how disrespected our teachers must feel when we slack off halfway through the year. They come to school every day with lessons that they’ve taken the time and effort to plan. It’s only fair that we reciprocate their effort by coming to classes on time and doing our homework, just for a few more months.

It’s perfectly fine to want to relax. Who wouldn’t rather sit at home all day and never change out of their SEN10RS sweatpants? After all, we’ve worked hard this year’€and every year’€balancing regular schoolwork with college applications, jobs, and extracurriculars. We deserve breaks, but we don’t deserve to check out altogether.

Besides, we’re lucky. We already get out of school earlier than all the little people, and the last few weeks will undoubtedly be easy and relaxing. I’m sure we can all push through until then. So pat yourselves on the backs, SEN10RS, because you’re almost there.

You’ve attended over 2200 days of school, written essays on Romeo and Juliet and the Black Plague, and stayed up all night studying for chemistry tests. You’ve cried over grades and laughed about them later. You’ve applied to college and made plans for the future. Might as well finish this last year strong.

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