By Abby Bishop
We’ve all heard it. Whether you’re a freshman, or a senior, you know what it is. It’s the sickness that inflicts every high school soon-to-be graduate at some point. That’s right, the ever-feared, Senioritis.
Senioritis is hard to beat. Between the long stretch to graduation after Christmas break, college applications, scholarship applications, and just plain old exhaustion, it can take over before the student even knows they’re infected. It starts with a few procrastinated assignments, not really a huge deal since they end up being turned in on time anyway. Then it spreads to oversleeping and skipping the first couple hours of the day for the sake of skipping. Then it goes as far as missing days at a time, without any reason at all. Teachers start to worry, knowing exactly what the symptoms mean. They encourage the students infected to receive treatments, but to no avail. Senioritis has taken over.
I also asked some very involved seniors about their experience thus far. I asked Alexus Brock, class officer and debater, her thoughts on Senioritis and how she keeps herself from falling into the clutches of the sickness. “People misunderstand Senioritis,” says Brock, “and they believe it is irresponsibility, when in reality it is a desire for what is next. It can be dangerous, however, it isn’t always a bad thing.” She then told me, “My view of ‘Alexus Senioritis’ is that I want to go to college. I know that I can’t get to college without finishing high school. That’s what keeps me going.”
Journey Sanny, also a class officer who is involved in FFA and girl’s basketball as one of their managers, when asked the same questions said, “I definitely think Senioritis is a true thing. That is certain. However, I don’t think it should affect a senior’s year. It is their last year to be a kid.” Being involved in several clubs and organizations, I’m sure it is very hard to stay motivated, so I asked her how she does it. “I think to myself ‘this is the last year that I will ever be a student at McDonald County’,” Sanny says.
Even though Senioritis might be pretty deadly to motivation and dedication to getting that sacred “diploma” in May, there are a ton of great things about senior year that make it a little easier to keep going. I asked a few seniors what they enjoy about senior year. Chaylea Chandler said her favorite thing about Senior year is “creating more memories with my pals.” I also asked Tricia Wattman, senior basketball player and she said “wearing and making overalls” is her favorite.
Of course, making memories is everyone’s favorite part so I asked what some favorite memories from high school are. Rylan Lett told me that his favorite memories are “Writing conference with his AP Lit class, AP Lit, and spending time with friends with no worries.” His advice to upcoming seniors is to “do what will make you happy, not what will make someone else happy.” Excellent advice, if I do say so myself.
So no matter what grade you’re in, remember: it IS possible to beat Senioritis and there are a ton of great things about senior year that you won’t have after you graduate. The friends you have will change, the places you go will change, maybe even where you live will change. Enjoy the small things that seem insignificant now and somewhat unimportant because one day, you will realize that they were huge. High school is your chance to figure out who you are, who you want to be, and what makes you happy. Don’t waste time falling into the clutches of Senioritis and enjoy every single day because, take it from me, it goes by so much faster than you ever imagine it could. Senior year is one of the best years of your life thus far, make the most of it.