is this normal for an mit admit?

<p>i got in early action, and i am planning on attending. however, i let myself seriously slack off the moment i got that tube in the mail.
my current quarter grades are a's and b's,and 2 very low C's.
i did well enough in the first semester to know that i will end the year off with all a's and b's. Also, i have made a conscientious effort to get back to where i was (in terms of grades and study habits). but it is disconcerting to see such low grades on my report card nonetheless.
i guess i am just looking for some reassurance. is senioritis normal even for admits at at the most selective colleges?</p>

<p>unless you fail epically (which means, a lot worse than it seems you are doing). I think you will be ok. Rescinded admissions are a rarity. Just, don't slack of till the point of Cs again.</p>

<p>Mid-semester C's tend to get worse, not better. It is normal to have senioritis, but you should do everything you can to raise those C's, even if it's for your own pride.</p>

is this normal for an mit admit?


<p>If you're asking, "Do most students admitted EA to MIT slack off?" the answer is no. Most maintain their grades. About half will enter as valedictorians.</p>

<p>But if you're asking, "Am I abnormal because I'm allowing my grades to fall?" probably not. Senioritis affects everyone in high school to some degree. </p>

<p>This is just my opinion, but I suspect MIT may be easier if you have some intrinsic motivation to work hard. If up until now, you've only been hitting the books to gain acceptance to colleges or please your parents, that may not be enough motivation to excel in a top-tier science and engineering school.</p>

<p>Sorry to be a downer; this is just my two cents. Try to get your act together. Do it for yourself.</p>

<p>^^I don't think that's accurate. Kids may try hard in school mainly because they enjoy it, but people who have been ultra-perfect for 3.5 years out of fear a blemish may sink their college chances may go to far in the other direction once they get to second semester senior year. Even kids who get into MIT are not immune.</p>

<p>Anyway, you should try to raise your grades, regardless of the reason. Have some pride.</p>

<p>thank you all very, very much for the replies. i think what happened was i started putting my energy into non-school related things and then it just snowballed. calalum, i think that's great, much-needed advice and i appreciate the honesty.</p>

<p>Putting energy into non-school related things is a good thing to do. It makes you who you are and who you will become. </p>

<p>At MIT (and all other colleges) you will have all kinds of activities to put your time into. They are a big part of your college experience. </p>

<p>What you need to do is learn to balance those activities with your school work. Now is a great time to learn to do just that.</p>