Is your senior burned out, emotional, unsure, apathetic, anxious? How about you?
I almost didn’t go to the panel discussion about “Senioritis” at the local high school because I didn’t think my son was showing symptoms. He wasn’t ditching school or breaking curfew.
But I’m glad I went, because it turns out Senioritis is a more nuanced “condition” than I’d thought. It’s really about the whole crazy range of emotions seniors may be experiencing in this limbo period between finishing college applications (or not), finding out where they got in (or didn’t), and graduation day.
The panelists — a guidance counselor, a teacher, a school psychologist, an administrator, and two veteran parents — shared perspectives and answered questions. The main take away was that Senioritis is pretty natural and pretty unavoidable. “It’s ongoing. They’re tired,” said the teacher.
“They have reason to be tired!” the counselor added. “Fall was stressful.”
“It’s nice to let them cruise a little bit,” offered the psychologist, “but they can’t just abandon ship.”
“They’ve gotta power through it,” the teacher agreed.
Here’s what you might see playing out in your own household, and how to help your senior stay healthy, grounded and positive.
The discussion ended with encouraging stories about former students who’d experienced severe cases of Senioritis but went on to be extremely motivated and happy in college. The one “cure” for Senioritis everyone could agree on? “Unconditional love.” Keep offering it up. Our students will make it through this final semester, and so will we.
Special thanks to the wonderful staff of Boulder High School as well as the BHS Parent Advisory Council which sponsors the “Reality Check” panel discussions.
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