A Word of Advice

by Ahmed Elmahy


Journalism advisor, Mr. Lee and his staff modeling “procrastination” in the classroom.

Four years of high school is a long time. With that in mind, it is unavoidable to experience the consequences of the great procrastination and laziness that is associated with senior year. Now, as humans, procrastination is unavoidable and we usually experience it during any grade, but during senior year, procrastination is taken to a whole new level. Best known as “senioritis”, this procrastination is both natural and dangerous. We as students tend to forget that senior year is a vital year, and that getting into a college does not mean that you can slack off. On that note, I offer this article as both a warning and a piece of advice based upon what I have noticed and experienced as a senior.

At the beginning of Senior year, I started off with a strong work ethic. I would go home everyday and finish my homework as soon as I eat dinner, and I wouldn’t sleep until I finished all my work. I maintained this standard for the first semester due to the knowledge that I would be signing up for colleges during that period of time. Now that I think back, the knowledge that I would be signing up for college and that they would be looking at my current progress is what kept me motivated. Then, upon finishing the application process, I started to slack off slowly. I would still do my homework every night, but I would waste time doing other activities such as watching movies. It wasn’t until colleges replied with their decisions that ‘senioritis’ truly started to have a big impact upon me. I would go home and make excuses not to do my homework until the last possible moment, I would leave some homework to finish the next day at school, and I would simply feel too lazy and tired to do anything academic.

Now, every senior tends to forget that ‘senioritis’ can have dire consequences. Just because colleges have accepted us doesn’t mean that we no longer have to care about school. Colleges don’t give us guaranteed admission, but rather give us a conditional acceptance offer that is valid only if we meet a set of standards including that we maintain our academic standards. Often, seniors will slack off and end up failing one or more classes or drop academically in the belief that they are already guaranteed a seat at a college, only to find out that the college has withdrawn their acceptance offer due to the students academic decline.

So, if it wasn’t obvious enough, my advice is laid in the paragraph above. If you are a senior reading this, it might be too late to fix the your situation at this point if you slacked off, but if you’re not a senior I would hope that you keep in mind that colleges only provide conditional acceptance until our final transcripts are turned in at the end of senior year and they confirm our academic level. Now, this is just a piece of advice and warning, it is up to you if you heed it or not. You are the only one that can decide if you want to be successful or a failure. Just keep that in mind.

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