Senioritis Infects the Masses

Senioritis Infects the Masses

Leah George and Isabelle Keever

Walking into a class full of only seniors is like walking into a morgue. By the time most seniors reach their final year of high school, all sense of motivation and productivity have left their bodies.

Many teachers, including calculus instructor Christine Kilcoyne, see these uninspired students every day.

”I would describe senioritis as the natural phenomena that takes over a senior’s brain,” Kilcoyne said. “The closer to graduation we get, the more I see grades drop.”

Students in their final year of high school are very much aware of the phenomenon of senioritis, and are generally seen succumbing to it.

“When second semester hit, my effort in class significantly dropped.” said senior Hanna Homer. “At this point, I’ve embraced my senioritis.”

However, this mindset can be detrimental to many students. While senioritis is generally laughed off as something inevitable and widely accepted, the consequences of completely submitting to it can be quite severe.

“While it isn’t common, I have had some students completely give up and do absolutely nothing throughout their senior year,” Kilcoyne said. “I had one student do this who lost his entire full-ride scholarship and got kicked out of the university he was previously accepted into.”

It may be difficult, but this mentality must be fought. Taking easier courses in the final year of school seems to be a good way to make sure to keep up with classes, but there are other ways to combat senioritis as well.

“I think getting senioritis is pretty inevitable,” said Homer. “But you have to make sure to stay organized and just do your work to the best of your ability.”

According to senior Maddie Ellis, the majority of her friends have senioritis. From her perspective, most seniors don’t pay attention during classes and get into trouble because of their grades.

By senior year most students are accepted to college, will take their exams soon, and think they have less reason to care about school. Sadly, that is not the case.

“I have a friend on her third detention in the past month from tardies,” Ellis said.

Former senior Dillon Keever had a problem similar to this.

“I had over 20 absences in one class,” Keever said.

Some students are more far-gone than others. For most, senioritis comes into play with occasional absences or tardies. Unfortunately, there are a select few who submit to the pressures of the school year and skip class, show up late, and no longer study.

A way to avoid the temptation is to try to push through and keep a clear state of mind.

“Senioritis is really just something that’s all in your head,” Ellis said.

Though the ‘illness’ is the fate for most seniors in some way, it doesn’t have to be a death sentence for their grades.

“Even though I had senioritis, I still did the required work and passed all of my classes,” Keever said.  

Although Keever had several absences, he still managed to do well enough to finish the year.

Resisting the urge of senioritis will work in any student’s favor, despite being unmotivated.