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  Seniors: Don't Slack Off!
By Rene Shen
Article provided by iHigh.com

News Story 34725 Image When Chris S. got a letter from Notre Dame asking him why he had gotten Cās on his report card after he had already been accepted, he was unpleasantly surprised to say the least. They demanded he write a letter explaining why this happened and convince them why he still wanted to go to Notre Dame. Well, Chris wrote the essay like they asked, and it was a well written one, but how did he get into this mess in the first place?

College acceptance letters, even ones of early action or early decision, are contingent upon successful completion of high school. And though they may not say it, they want you to not only complete high school, but complete it with top grades. That means keeping your A's and not dropping to Cās. They will understand if you go from straight Aās to a few Bās, but why take the chance? Donāt risk the chance of colleges revoking your acceptance and throwing away all your years of hard work just to goof off just as you are almost done.

First semester grades senior year are looked at by colleges. If you are applying in the regular fashion, they are a part of your application and if they show a drop in achievement, colleges may hesitate to accept you. If you are already accepted early, then they do not matter as much, but colleges will not be happy with any drastic drop, especially Dās or Fās. Even your second semester grades can matter, especially if they are Dās and Fās. In matters that in some extreme cases, colleges will revoke your acceptance without even giving you a chance to write an essay.

Senior year is like any other year in high school; colleges will look at it. Though they may grant you some leniency, overstay your welcome and you may be for an unpleasant surprise, like Chris.

Ultimately, the best advice is to it easy and slow down a little, but not too much. Do not throw away all your hard work for the past three years just so you can goof off your senior year.


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