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Senioritis Season

07 April 2016

The epidemic is back: Look for the symptoms and prepare accordingly...

The symptoms show up around this time every year. It is the seasonal affliction that we have warned our Year 13 students about. Senioritis is a real for many of our senior students. According to the Oxford English dictionary, senioritis can be defined as “a supposed affliction of students in their final year of high school or college, characterized by a decline in motivation or performance”.

It is easy to understand why our Year 13 students may feel the need to take it easier. And who can blame them – the university and college applications are almost complete and many of our students have been accepted to university. The last 18 months has been incredibly demanding and some students are feeling burned out after pushing themselves very hard in the IB programme and after months of preparing for the university admissions process.

It is important to be aware of the signs of senioritis and to address these quickly. Senioritis can have a really negative effect.

Senioritis is Coming


University offers are conditional. Your offer is dependent on your grades. If a student does not achieve the offer of their Firm Choice university this can reduce their chances of being accepted and students can potentially find themselves without a university place at that university when the IB results come out on July 6th. If students miss both their Firm and Insurance Choice offers, they can apply for Clearing though many popular/competitive courses won’t have any places through Clearing.


Colleges and universities will notice. Universities will look at your final transcript. They will request to see your end of Year 13 grades [and your final IB grades once you have them]. A significant drop in your grades will cause alarm bells to go off and they can question your commitment to university studies.

College and university offers can be rescinded. If a student’s grades take a significant drop, some colleges and universities will seriously consider whether or not that student is prepared for university next year. Just because you have received an offer does not mean it is unconditional. Colleges and universities reserve the right to rescind the offer if a student does not live up to their academic expectations.

Changes could be made to Financial Aid offers. Students who have been awarded merit aid could be affected by a significant drop in their final grades. Merit aid is awarded based on your transcript grades so if your grades suffer, so could your scholarship.

As we are about to complete the final week of school in Term 2, do take some time to relax during the Easter holidays. Some time spent away from revision will allow students to relax and recharge. But remember to continue to work towards that goal of attending university!

Lieve Perera | University Guidance Advisor