Senioritis: No, it’s not an STD

Senior Editor: Ashlyn Richardson

Senioritis is the most common disease among high schoolers, other than STDs of course, is the concept in which students in their final year of high school simply throw in the towel at the last minute, feeling unmotivated and performing to meet the bare minimum standards. This year, it has hit the senior class as if it was some sort of contagious virus that started with one and spread to all. As you walk down the hallways of Woodstock, it is like you have been catapulted into a zombie apocalypse, but all the zombies are wearing over-sized sweatshirts branded with their college of choice.  

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Class of 2017 poses for a picture on the first day of school

Senioritis is not affliction that we have not been warned about before. Our parents, our teachers, and even Woodstock alum have attempted to warn of us the downward spiral that is second semester. Fresh off February break, college apps submitted, SATs taken, it seems nearly impossible to combat when everything we have worked so hard for has been simplified to the form of an acceptance letter. Even Kayla Brader, a senior currently battling for the valedictorian spot, said, “I never thought senioritis was real until it hit me, and when it hit me, it hit hard.” Senioritis’ reach does not leave a single twelfth grader untouched. Slowly but surely, a couple senior skip days turn into attendance appeals, a few missed homework assignments turn into a grade dropping a whole letter, and a tests that you’d normally ace turn into GPA crushers because you took a nap instead of studying. But what are some ways to get out from under the thumb of the motivation sucking second semester of senior year?  

First, remind yourself of what is at stake. Colleges that are highly selective will not allow admission for a student who lets their A average drop to a C or D average. Admissions are not always guaranteed! Additionally, scholarships can be revoked. In the last semester of your senior year, you can lose the HOPE scholarship and the Zell Miller scholarship, causing financial strain on your family and putting you in debt for many years even after graduating college. Even if you’re going out of state and do not feel the pressure of maintaining your GPA to get the in-state scholarships, financial aid can still be greatly affected. Some colleges award  based simply upon merit aid, meaning that last semester grades can be a big factor as to who gets what. The Huffington Post gives this example, “Merit aid at this institution was based in part on class rank, so some students who were awarded aid based on their class rank at the time of applying lost anywhere from $1,000 to $3,000 per year because their class rank on their final transcript dropped significantly.” Thus, remind yourself of the thousands upon thousands of dollars you could be putting yourself in debt before you forgo studying to hang out with your boyfriend or girlfriend! 

If fear isn’t quite the right motivator for you, allow yourself to use the future as a motivator. By nixing slacker habits, getting into solid routines, and focusing on what got you so far in the first place, it will only make things easier for you in the long run. If you have done it for the past three years, it is certainly possible now. Little bits of effort such as doing your homework as soon as you get home, completing  assignments and projects a few days before they’re due, and studying a little bit each day before the test instead of cramming, allowing you to have more free time to day dream about life as a college student. It is important to continue making great strides as well performing student even though you can practically feel your diploma touching the tips of your fingers, because for most of us, the work isn’t over. It is important not to give up now because all the habits we are so willing to ditch in favor of laziness are the ones that will breed success in our college years. Senior Sidney Sweeney said, “In January, I was ready to give up, I was ready to be done, but then I realized if I start being a slacker now, who’s to say I’ll be able to break my bad habits when I get to college?” Sweeney is absolutely right, once one starts down the slippery slope of slacking, it’s hard to keep the ball from rolling. 

So to all seniors, we can do this. We’ve made it this far and giving up would simply be an insult not only to our past selves, but to all the people who have helped us get this far. We are the Wolverine nation, simply the best of the best. Let’s keep it that way! In a few short months we’ll be yelling “Go Dawgs!” or “Roll Tide!” or maybe even “OORAH!” but let’s not forget how we got there. Let’s fight senioritis with the way we know best, like a wolverine!

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Wolverine’s Logo courtesy of Woodstock High School’s website

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