Senioritis…Are You Infected?

Rebecca Buck ’14
EE Staff Writer

As the halfway point of the school year rolls around, midterms check in and seniors check out. After three grueling years of high school, standardize testing, SATS, and college applications seniors often become infected with the classic case of Senioritis. Senioritis can be classified as a term used to describe the decreased motivation towards studies displayed by students who are nearing the end of their high school careers.

Teachers begin to witness the senior students become infected with the symptoms of senioritis as early as October. Symptoms of senioritis often include laziness, sloppy dress, lack of studying, repeated absences, failure to hand in assignments, lower test/quiz grades and a generally dismissive attitude. These indicators often result from students being worn out and tired of the repeated process.

The main concern for teachers who teach seniors is how this attitude affects the other students in the classroom. This disease is highly contagious and lacks a cure. Once senioritis infects about 25% of the class the rest of the students soon fall victim.

“Senioritis settled in for me early. Once I committed to UPenn for baseball and signed the papers, I checked out of high school”, says senior Jake Levison of Trumbull High School.

The week following winter break if often the time the disease claims the most students. It is at this point where seniors have often received an acceptance to college and feel secure in their future, therefore justifying the senioritis.

“My teachers have said they noticed a considerable change in work ethic since after Christmas break as seniors stopped doing homework and cared much less about their grades. I personally have begun to try less and quite frankly it feels pretty good,” says senior Rachel Carron of Trumbull High School.

Many people question whether or not senioritis is a right of passage or a justification for seniors’ laziness. Many seniors feel they have earned their right to take a small break and focus on other activities that interest them while they are still young enough to do so.

“Ever since the New Year, I have done less homework and studied less in order to do more fun activities that I won’t always have the chance to do. I plan to go away for college and want the chance to hangout with friends and play sports as much as I can while I still can”, describes senior Paige Reynolds of Fairfield Ludlowe.

Whether or not people think senioritis is acceptable, the disease continues to affect seniors each day until graduation. Some experience these symptoms more severely than others while it barely affects some at all. Nevertheless each senior finds themselves with a hint of senioritis at some point so, are you infected yet?

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