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Senioritis: Signs and Symptoms of High School Senioritis

How to Identify Senioritis and Its Signs and Symptoms


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Senioritis, according to the Urban Dictionary, is a crippling disease that strikes high school seniors. While senioritis isn't really a physical disease, it is a phenomena that happens when a high school senior looks at the finish line of their high school life and says to themselves, "I'm done!" before they have actually completed the work they need to graduate. This will cripple a student who has a college acceptance to lose or who engages in risk-taking behaviors that they normally would not do.

Parents will begin to notice the signs and symptoms of senioritis about mid-year of their teen's senior year, but they could show up sooner. Below is a list to help you identify the signs, things that happen because your teen is developing senioritis, and symptoms, physical ways your teen is acting because of senioritis.

Signs of High School Senioritis

  • Poor grades
  • Incomplete assignments
  • Does not make it home for curfew
  • Cut classes
  • Increased absences from school
  • Concern from teachers and school administrators
  • Using alcohol or drugs

Symptoms of High School Senioritis

Use these signs and symptoms of to help you prevent your teen from catching a debilitating form of senioritis or to help your teen who is suffering from a bout of high school senioritis. While you may think that senioritis is just a stage your teen is going through, much like the ones you went through or that 'everyone' goes through, be warned that the consequences of senioritis can last a long time and be devastating for a teen and their family. Please follow through with more of our senioritis resources for parents:

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