It seems to take its toll every year, at every high school across the nation. Most, if not all, seniors are diagnosed with this seemingly interminable condition. It goes by the name senioritis and it’s legit.
Urban Dictionary, the go-to in today’s modern adolescent culture, characterizes senioritis as “a crippling disease, [with] symptoms [such as] laziness, a lack of studying, repeated absences, and a generally dismissive attitude.” Comprehensively, this is an eerily accurate portrayal of what it is.
So why does senioritis spread like wildfire among high school seniors every single year? Simply put, most of it has to do with the fact that most of these students are burned out. They’re tired of all the years of school they have had for over a decade, constantly waking up every morning, going to school, sitting through multiple classes, doing seemingly useless homework, and such. To make it even worse, there is now the excessive burden of the college admission process, as many attempt to make last minute scrambles to raise standardized test scores, complete requirements, and get out of a bottomless pit of essays and forms.
It’s no wonder that a plethora of seniors decide to raise the white flag and adopt an increasingly careless attitude. They realize that there is too much stress in their lives and it might be better off to dismiss everything. It’s not uncommon for seniors to have repeated absences, deteriorating grades, and getting into disciplinary trouble (i.e senior pranks). For the most part, a lot of senior realize that they have been missing out on actually enjoying life and doing so as they please. Hence, they do just that, neglecting the fact that they’re still full time students.
Luke Bustamante, a senior at West Ranch High School, comments to JSR, “Yes, senioritis is undoubtedly real, as I myself am experiencing some lack of motivation… I expect it to get worse second semester after college applications will be completed. Most seniors will deduct that high school is essentially over and will start enjoying their lives with a care-free attitude.”
As a senior myself, the only advice I have to seniors is that this lack of drive is acceptable to a certain extent. High school is not over after first semester, and it is vital to keep grades up as colleges have and will revoke admissions. Also, slacking off demonstrates a lack of good character; seniors should rather prepare for their next chapter in their lives and look toward the future.