I have many seniors who stop working in high school because they have the so called “Senioritis.” I've had enough of this excuse. Let me paint the picture for you with “senioritis.” It is usually students who have been accepted to college and stop working hard because all they see high school as is a stepping stone to the next formal level of education. In their minds, they think why should I step back to high school when I’ve already moved on to college by getting accepted. This my friends is a major mistake. Let me break it down for you…
Senioritis creates bad habits that will seriously mess you up in college. If you think for six months you can take “off” from your studies and turn it on when you get to college, you are mistaken. Over six months of not working creates a habit of laziness. The number one reason students drop out of college is because of their time management. Drop outs can’t handle the free time and responsibilities that come with college. They are spoon fed through high school and pampered. In college, the university has your money… they don’t care what happens to you. They even have what they call “weed out” courses to take your money and make you drop your majors!
Senioritis makes you stop looking for opportunity. I have a project in my management class that works with Coca-Cola sales representatives. Yes, actual business people come in and the students have the opportunity to see authentic business practices and show their knowledge and skills. I have had students blow off this opportunity because of “senioritis.” This absolutely blows my mind. This project has been a lottery ticket for students who work their ass off. I have had high school students get into their #1 school, internships, or jobs because they took advantage of the project. There are many opportunities in any school day like this as a senior. If you have senioritis, you will miss them.
Senioritis is an excuse. When you give in to excuses, you lose. It’s as simple as that. Look at the big picture… seniors are young. They usually have no major responsibilities. Look, I’m 44 and have a house and 2 kids. I have to make money. I have to hustle and can’t afford to make major decisions that would put my family in jeopardy. I would love to be a senior in high school again. I would start a business and take risks to fail forward. As a senior, you have your whole life ahead of you. You can make those decisions and fail big time because you have nothing to lose at this point. Do you really want to throw that opportunity away because of an excuse?
Senioritis tells me you are lazy and full of shit. As a teacher, the plain truth of the matter is that when you say you have senioritis, I see you as a joke. You are bragging about how you are lazy and unmotivated all the time. I hear it from students all the time…”I’m gonna work harder later” “I’m gonna be motivated in college.” “Gonna” is bullshit to me. Nobody cares about your “gonna.” You will be judged in this life on what you actually do. People don’t go to funerals saying “John was gonna be successful.” They remember what you did. Stop telling people you are lazy with senioritis. It isn’t cool. It makes you look stupid.
Senioritis gives the older generation fuel when they call your generation lazy. For those hustling in the world as seniors, senioritis cuts into their potential. How you ask? Every generation of high school students are “expected” to be lazy. Look into the past things people say about every younger generation. Stereotypes run amok in the world of every generation. Millennials are “entitled and lazy.” Heck, even the baby-boomers were called “spoiled and self-absorbed.” Senioritis only intensifies these stereotypes.
So do yourself a favor as a high school senior. Don’t give in to senioritis. Tell senioritis to go to hell.