Second semester seniors

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Brooke Buckley, Staff Writer

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The second semester senior craze has begun.

“It’s like you don’t do anything. It’s starting to get bad, really bad,” said Michael McGill.

Every year, the second semester rolls around and teachers find that their seniors are antsy to graduate. College acceptance letters are coming, and effort is dwindling.

Erica Aldanese said, “Being a second semester senior I feel more relaxed and less stressed over grades. With acceptance letters rolling in, it’s time to focus more on friends and making memories than studying for tests that I don’t need to get A’s on.”

Before senioritis take over, students need to remember that applications can always be rescinded.

Don’t forget to read past the, “Congratulations.” Often when students keep reading it clearly states, “conditional on the successful completion of the final year of high school.”

According to a NACAC (National Association for College Admission Counseling) Trends Survey, the majority of colleges (74 percent) that accept between 50-70 percent of applicants rejected admission because of final grades. The colleges with higher admission rates (71 percent and higher) as well as the most selective (accepting fewer than 50 percent) said grades were the reason for revoking admission 64 percent of the time.

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“It’s kind of a relief, I feel like a weight has been lifted, but I still do all my work I just don’t stress out about it. I still have to get decently good grades in order to not be rescinded from universities I get into,” said Sydney Carlier.

It is not only grades that students must keep up.

Acceptances can be rescinded due to getting in trouble with the school or the law.

According to the NACAC disciplinary actions cause revoked admissions in more private institutions than public. 13 percent of public schools said disciplinary issues led to rejecting enrollment in comparison to 33 percent of private schools.

To avoid rescinded applications students should not give anyone a chance to put something on their record.

Sarah Anderson said, “I actually have more motivation to keep my grades up, and not get in trouble because I’ve already made it this far.”

 

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