By Lauren Wiener         

Second-semester senior grades at Andover High School tend to decline due to students’ desire to relax, but, though tempting, a laidback attitude towards grades may have negative consequences.

While some seniors have already been accepted to college, others are still waiting for colleges to make their decisions. The commonality between students in both groups is that some will experience “Senioritis”: the laziness and apathy towards school that comes with second semester. Some seniors believe their work is complete after first semester and that second semester grades will have no impact on their future. Therefore, they start to put less effort into their schoolwork.

Ms. Bergey, counselor at AHS, said, “Second semester senior grades are important because the college the student ends up choosing will get a copy of the senior’s final transcript, so if a senior starts having D’s and F’s, colleges have the right to rescind the college admission.”

Ms. de Kelley, counselling program advisor at AHS, said that acceptances to colleges are based on the successful completion of high school. If a senior’s grades dramatically fall, a college can revoke a student’s admission. Another possibility is that the college may allow the student to attend school in the fall but be placed on academic probation.

Bergey said, “In some cases, a college might say ‘Oh, you had a senior slide; we will still allow you to attend our college in the fall, but you’ll have to prove yourself by going to summer school.’”

Lily Daigle, AHS senior and member of the National Honor Society, said that she has not been able to slack off in school. Getting her work done has been ingrained in her for the past four years and she gets stressed if she does not keep up with her assignments.

Another AHS senior and member of the National Honor Society, Mitchell Carey, said, “I personally feel that second-semester senior grades are important, as the effort put forth in courses towards the end of one’s high school career can affect pivotal decisions surrounding career paths and intended majors and minors.” Carey adds that a student’s fervor to learn should not change.

Daigle said, “I’ve always been taught to do my best in school, because in the long run it’s really about your education and not about the grades.”