Senioritis Is Real
What's the point? You've probably got a good idea about where your grades are at, how you'll do on the final, and how much class you really need to attend to make sure the professor can conjure up your face when she's looking at your paper.
But you're tired. You're anxious to move on to the next phase of your life. You want to go have fun. And it's hard caring about this thing that won't be around after a few more weeks.
Senioritis. It's contagious and lingering. But there are real consequences to giving yourself too much of a pass in the homestretch.
Effects Of Senioritis
The effects, however, range from mildly problematic to extremely crippling.
You might get away with just having your instructors sigh and give you a slightly lower grade than they originally thought you were on your way to earning.
But let's say your next step is a grad program, a volunteer organization, or some sort of fellowship? And it was extremely competitive, meaning you had to earn your spot?
If you stop putting forth effort, why would they still want you? Why do you still deserve to be there more than another student who kept trying until the very end?
Your admittance, funding, or career prospects can and usually are contingent on you maintaining your GPA and good standing. So don't blow it in the last hour.
Set The Tone For Who You Want To Be
If you want others to perceive you as dedicated, hard-working, and persevering, you need to embody those qualities with any project or program, every time - not just when it's convenient or you still have the energy for it.
You may not be leaving with the same zeal or passion you started out with - that's ok.
You might even change your mind about your goals and find yourself making adjustments, small or large, at the last minute.
But if you're just tired of trying - it's senioritis.
Just get it done, and get on with your life.