By Enya Bours
Senioritis. The “supposed affliction of students in their final year of high school or college characterized by a decline in motivation or performance,” according to Google. A “condition” that almost all seniors get during their last year of high school, especially in the spring months of March and April when college decisions are released.
But does senioritis really exist? Or is it just an excuse to slack off in school?
“I think it’s a combination of burnout from all four years of hard work, and when you start to see the end goal, you think you can sort of just crawl by, especially because a lot of stuff piles up,” describes senior Maxine Lui. “Senior year has been one of the busiest, and I haven’t really had time to relax all four years.”
“I think it’s just an excuse to be lazy, really. It creates publicity and it’s like a trend that people follow because they have the same mindset that ‘Oh, now that I’m a senior I deserve to be lazy after all my hard work.’ But I really think it doesn’t exist,” explains senior Jacob Choi.
Senioritis, real or not, can heavily impact students’ grades, interest in extracurricular activities, and motivation to continue growing and learning in not just school, but in life in general.
Solutions? The quickest one is probably also the most difficult: Don’t let yourself get senioritis in the first place. That means being proactive when you feel yourself slacking, rewarding yourself for doing well in school, and finding something in your classes to concentrate and keep yourself going. But of course, that is much easier said than done. Senioritis gets even the best of us.
“Yeah, I have a really bad case of senioritis,” admits Lui with a chuckle. “But when things actually do have to be done, I’ll get to doing them. It’s not like it’s inhibiting my life.”
That’s not to say we shouldn’t keep trying to stop it, though.
Work hard and keep in mind that despite having been accepted into a university, there is still the possibility of that acceptance getting revoked if you’re not continuing doing your best. And if the disappointment from being rejected from your dream schools get to you, don’t let that drag you down. Get involved. Participate in activities that you might not have the chance to participate in after graduation. Join a club you’ve always been curious about but never had the guts to join. Go to football games and cheer on your school team. Keep yourself on your feet.
Another routine that some have found helpful is making a checklist and rewarding yourself for the progress you make. Setting daily goals helps you stay on track and keeps you feeling more motivated.
So, seniors. Remember that this is the final stretch. Don’t let the past three and a half years of hard work go to waste. You’re almost there!!