Friday, November 30, 2007

"Senioritis"

"Senioritis" sounds like a disease that an old bag like me would have. It is not. It is something that happens in the senior year of high school. It usually strikes 17-18 year olds. The symptoms are excessive yawning (from staying up to late), lethargy, and a general disinterest in anything but video games. Preston has this disease and he is in a downward slump. His grades have suffered. He only needs two of his classes to graduate, but it seems like he is not the least bit interested in his grade point average. He says that he wants to go to college, but he does not see that his GPA is important to his entrance. He will most likely go to the local community college - I hope he can get in. All I can do is to keep talking to him and telling him how important his grades are. I guess the only thing that will cure this is time! Keep your fingers crossed for him and lets hope June gets here quick!

3 comments:

Sandy said...

Oh yes...senioritis. It seems the grandchildren had it not so long ago, but some are now safely in college.
Keep reminding him how important that GPA really is.

jellyhead said...

Yes, I think school drags on so long, it does all get quite wearisome.

I know the GPA *is* important (here it is called the OP score), and I know you must be worried, but I don't believe our high school results necessarily rule the rest of our lives. Among my work colleagues, for example, there are lots of people who arrived at this career destination in other ways. Some began another degree and got high grades, then swapped over. My husband works with a guy who used to be a plumber (and is now an anaesthesiologist - he says 'it's all just pipes anyways'!)

Preston sounds like a smart young guy, and I bet he'll fall on his feet, no matter what his actual GPA is.

If it helps any, I'll keep my fingers crossed too!

Kerri said...

Hang in there Tuff. Teenagers often seem to live in the moment and lack the ability to think ahead. If only there was a magic wand to motivate them! They need lots of quidance at that age, even though they resist, and want to go their own way, with no one telling them what to do.
In 8th and 9th grades when our son hung out with kids who didn't care about their grades he did the same..but in 10th grade, when he switched to friends who did well, he saw how important the GPA is and changed his thinking, thank heavens. Then he did great. Keep plugging away. I'm sure Preston will come out on top in the end. Of course, with graduation looming not far ahead, it must be impossible not to worry!