Senioritis: Saving the Last Year of High School

Many teens slack off during their last year of high school. Once they get their college acceptance letters, they take fewer classes, drop out of extracurricular activities and let their grades slide. Those who aren’t going on to college feel free to “zone out” in class. After all, they believe they’ll never use facts about Shakespeare or the Civil War once they graduate.

Pranks, joy rides, “senior ditching,” spring break in Florida or Cancun, graduation parties and proms all add to the fun. After thirteen years of school, the end is finally in sight. It’s time to kick back and celebrate. Seniors with very bad cases of “senioritis” often take just one or two classes and spend the rest of their day hanging out with friends.

Experts in the field of education believe that the main reason for “senioritis” is the college acceptance process. Colleges and universities base their acceptances on a student’s high school record through junior year. Because senior year is irrelevant to the process, students have no incentive to maintain grades and activities. Although colleges can and do revoke acceptances if a student’s grades fall too low during senior year, they don’t do this routinely.

Read some suggestions to help your child prepare for college and careers during senior year >>

Smiling teens ditching school

The Role of Genetics in Eating Disorders

In recent months, the fashion industry has been shaken as several runway models have fallen ill, and some have even died, as a result of eating disorders like anorexia. Many have been quick to blame the industry for causing eating disorders in adolescents and pre-teen. But scientific research indicates some people are actually genetically pre-disposed to eating disorders.

Studies have been conducted in several states and other countries, and many of the researchers are reaching the same conclusions. Eating disorders have long been known to run in families, but the cause was believed to be primarily environmental. A study at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill determined that genetics could account for over 56 percent of a person’s likelihood to develop an eating disorder.

Learn more about the causes, symptoms, and treatment for eating disorders at Eating Disorders Help Guide >>

Teens with Eating Disorders