- Every time you stroll in late to your class, your teacher is marking you tardy! In some area high schools, students who are consistently tardy are apt to lose academic credit. Is it really worth it? Patos al agua! Llevántate temprano!
- For every assignment that’s handed in late, points are taken off. Don’t jeopardize that hard-earned GPA just because you’re feeling uninspired.
- Beware! You don’t want to land in the red in terms of graduation credits. Unexcused absences can make or break your ability to graduate.
- You’ve gotten your college acceptance letter! But keep in mind that most universities require you to maintain good grades and finish well. Some schools even have the financial revoking rights, meaning that a drop in your GPA can cost you thousands in scholarship or grant money.
- You can be kept from getting college credit for AP courses if you’re not prepared for the AP exams.
- Beware of a boyfriend or girlfriend who might persuade you to cut class and hang out. Don’t sacrifice your future!
- Don’t be afraid to confront a fanatical coach! It’s important to be well-rounded. But if long hours on the soccer field are taking first place and homework or projects are on the back-burner, it may be time to schedule a meeting or phone call with Coach Fulano de Tal!
To rid yourselves of “Senioritis,” set academic, personal, and career goals. Reflect on the following: Did I do a good job on my assignment? Am I managing my behavior and responsibilities well? Have I found out about a career that interests me? Is it time for me to reconsider my current peer group? The high school experience will come and go quickly. It offers some of the most rewarding times and heartfelt memories of your life. But remember to keep “Senioritis” at bay. It’s not the time to slack off; success in your senior year is crucial to the shaping of your future!
Editor’s Note: The following article is one in a series presented in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month and designed to help parents prepare to send their kids off to college, brought to you by www.colgate.com/hazlau.