Senioritis at Its Finest

Autumn R.

Staff Writer

The years spent in high school can be some of the most memorable years of most people’s lives. From going to football games, to memories made in the classroom between classmates, high school years are meant to be memorable. As a freshman, the deer in the headlights look is something that is not uncommon. Sophomore year is spent getting a solid grasp on how high school flows. Junior year is the year to crack down and start focusing on those standardized tests. Then senior year rolls around; this is the year spent looking at colleges, making the last memories with friends, and worrying about graduating. Even though senior year is supposed to be the best out of all four years, it can have one awful effect: senioritis.

Senioritis is an almost deadly disease. No joke. It is not classified as a true and legitimate disease, but it is real and is an epidemic. The definition of senioritis is quite simple: when a high school senior does not want to do any school work. Period. The thought of being done with school is all that is on a senior’s mind. Graduation. Graduation. Graduation. Walking across that stage with a diploma in hand is all a senior thinks about. Having math homework and three tests to worry about that week is something that a normal student should be worried about and on top of, but not a senior. Many seniors only skim by second semester with what they consider “alright.” Senior Madison McCabe comments, “My senioritis hit second semester. I got into UGA, and to me, there’s no point in even trying.” Most other seniors feel the exact same way as McCabe. They already know where they are going to college and have mentally checked out of high school.

Seniors are now at the point where their grades were good enough to get into the college they wanted. Once senior students have been accepted to their college is normally when they mentally check out of high school. This can be dangerous because some colleges can revoke their acceptance if they do not find the second semester transcript up to par. Nothing school-related matters any more. To seniors, getting sleep is more of a priority than doing math homework at midnight; for a junior or sophomore, it is the complete opposite.

On top of school work, seniors add athletics and jobs. Almost every senior has a part time job. College is coming up, and most parents want their childrensenioritis2-ar to help out by earning their own money if they want to go out to eat or go shopping with friends. Going to school, then work, eating dinner, showering, and athletics take up tremendous amounts of time. Where is the time for homework? There is not any. Being a senior is an exhausting and stressful time. Senior project, other copious amounts of homework, a social life, and more are what contribute to the stress. Applying for colleges and scholarships is time-consuming as well. Senior Dakota Carruthers comments, “I work four days a week, have lacrosse practice, and am still looking at colleges and applying. I barely have time to sleep and eat, let alone do all my homework and study properly.” Teachers just do not understand how hard it is to juggle everything there is to juggle while being a senior.

While trying to manage everything, there comes a saying all seniors will say at least ten times their senior year: I just do not care. At all. Senior Alexis Onushak comments, “I say I do not care about school probably five times a day. I am already accepted to KSU and have been looking at apartments. I just want to graduate and be done.” It comes to the point where a senior’s priorities are flip-flopped; school is at the bottom of the list, and sleep and going out is at the top. Sadly, there is no cure for this disease.

Even though there is no cure for the disease, there are always ways to manage it. If a senior completely succumbs to senioritis, it can be extremely regretful. Grades start to slip, maybe causing the HOPE scholarship to not be attainable. Losing honors as a graduate because a senior’s GPA slips could be a possibility. Colleges that have already accepted a student can revoke that acceptance if the grades a student produces at the end of the year are not up to their standards. Even though senioritis is extremely hard to work through, there are ways to relieve the symptoms. Manage the time given. Sometimes sacrificing going to the movies with friends to study for that anatomy test is the better choice. Take the list of responsibilities to do as a senior and break it down from most important to least important; it will definitely help.

Being a senior has its perks for sure. Spending those last few months with friends and family is something that every senior should cherish and take to heart. Senioritis is an epidemic, but do not rush too fast to graduation. After graduation every senior should be able to look back and said he or she had a memorable senior year and the senioritis struggle was worth it in the end.

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