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Senioritis, from the word senior plus the suffix -itis (which technically means inflammation but in colloquial speech is assumed to mean an illness), is a colloquial term used in the United States and Canada to describe the decreased motivation toward studies displayed by students who are nearing the end of their high school careers. By definition, Senioritis is not due to the direct physiological effects of a general medical condition such as hypothyroidism or insomnia but is typically said to include: slowness, procrastination, apathy regarding school work, a feeling of entitlement or privilege and a tendency toward truancy, increased drug use, malingering or feigning illness in order to avoid presence in a school setting, cognitive impairments, and changes in sleep patterns. Many high school students find themselves in a type of lame duck situation: their plans are made and a new chapter in their life is about to begin, so finishing the current chapter (the current term separating them from graduation) becomes just a formality or "holding pattern." Senioritis is not to be confused with general apathy that one may experience at the end of any other academic year. Some students in their Junior year, Sophomore year, or even earlier may exhibit similar signs of laziness as the end of the school year approaches, but it must be noted that the diagnosis of Senioritis assumes that the cause of decreased motivation is the acceptance to college or a job and the notion that optimal performance is not necessary to maintain that acceptance. Because of this, senioritis can only be contracted by seniors (in high school or college). Other students are merely experiencing anxiety in anticipation of summer break. For other uses, see High school (disambiguation). ... Look up Procrastination in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... “Truant” redirects here. ... For other uses, see Drug (disambiguation). ... A lame duck is an elected official who loses political power or is no longer responsive to the electorate as a result of a term limit which keeps him from running for that particular office again, losing an election, or the elimination of the officials office, but who continues...

Senioritis usually results in a withdrawal from school-related extracurricular activities and school spirit events and a reduced concern for social acceptance, instead focusing on graduation (and the end of compulsory school) in June and/or acceptance to college in September. It can also manifest as increased social and extra-curricular activity, which comes at the expense of academic duties, with the student preferring to "have fun" rather than work academically. Or perhaps the student may feel they must make an extra effort in even their academics (a reverse senioritis) as well since they know it's their last year and feel they must make it count. Extracurricular activities are activities performed by students that fall outside the realm of the normal curriculum of school or university education. ... Cheerleaders are an important part of the expression of school spirit. ...


In some serious cases, when students let their grades drop, universities may rescind offers of admission. Those who experience senioritis are often shocked when colleges and universities send them a letter the summer before their fall semester starts telling them that they can no longer attend the college due to failure in the academic rigor that they promised in the interview or application process. [1] Nonetheless, it is widely known that most colleges do not rescind, and even the most elite schools only revoke a very small number of students [2]. However, senioritis in high school may still cause the incoming college freshmen to not be as adequately prepared for the rigor of college level studies as they would be without the senioritis.

A decrease in academic performance due to Senioritis may also cause difficulties should the student attempt to transfer from one college to another. Because transfers require one to apply anew, the student's poor performance would reflect negatively on them in their application and may decrease their chances of admissions.

In college seniors

Senioritis, though typically perceived as a high school ailment, can also be found in college seniors. The typical causes of this may be burnout, or the obtainment of job offer letters. Having received a job offer letter, concerns about college GPA generally decrease and a sense of apathy in schoolwork can develop, especially since often the offer is contingent only upon completion of the degree and not one's final GPA. The same can also be true in the transition from undergraduate to graduate school. Burnout is a psychologica term for the experience of long-term exhaustion and diminished interest [depersonalization] or cynicism), usually in the work context. ...

External links

  • The College Board: What to do About Senioritis
  • Jostens: Dealing with Senioritis
  • Wayne D'Orio. Searching For The Cure To Senioritis. District Administration: The Magazine for K-12 Education Leaders. October, 2002.
  • Tate Thompson. [3]. June, 2003.

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Senior - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (158 words)
Look up senior in Wiktionary, the free dictionary.
The older of two people of the same family with the same name, often a parent (for example, Ken Griffey, Sr.
A student in the fourth and last year at a school, college, or university; see high school senior
Specifically, Senior can be credited with the initiation in Great Britain of the utility-based demand and the cost of production-based supply scheme, thus an important predecessor of the Marginalist Revolution.
A proponent of laissez-faire, Senior was a active participant in Whig politics, being one of the commissioners responsible for the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834.
Senior was famously opposed to trade unions and against reductions in working hours (arguing that for enterprise, "the whole net profit is derived from the last hour.").
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