A School-Wide Epidemic


Christian Vyers

Seniors in action.

Senioritis is a “disease” common among the graduating class. Symptoms may include but are not limited to: lack of motivation, the decline in performance, restlessness, apathy, increase in absences, and adolescent egocentrism. If you feel like you or a loved one might have senioritis, read this article.

With graduation fast approaching, most seniors have already received acceptance letters from the colleges or trade schools they’ve applied to. This “guarantee” of their future has blinded seniors from the fact that they are still in high school. Their grades and attendance still matter for their future plans. Although the senior class’s attendance rate is 94%, about 32% of seniors currently have truancy and are at risk of losing credits. Colleges may have the senior’s transcript, but they will also be looking at the final transcript. Opportunities like college or trade school can be taken away in the blink of an eye. Seniors need to be aware of their grades and assignments in the upcoming months.

Seniors have also become notably egocentric this semester. They have an increased ignorance and disinterest in school and assignment deadlines. The only thing on their minds is leaving high school. The common self-centered attitude results in disrespect to teachers and students alike. Seniors should take a step back and look at the big picture. As a class, seniors must realize that high school is still important, even if graduation is approaching. It doesn’t end until you’re walking across the stage.

With only two months left before graduation, many seniors have lost the motivation to perform well in class. C’s might get degrees, but they can also put hard-earned scholarships at risk. High school grades may not matter long after graduation, but they count for the colleges seniors have applied to. Don’t risk your future just to slack off now.

Senioritis hits fast and hard. To offset the symptoms of senioritis remember: it’s not all about you, your grades still matter, you have to show up to school to graduate, and there are only two months left. Additional treatments include Saturday school, meeting with Mr. Coshow, a reality check, tutoring, and extra credit opportunities. Don’t let senioritis own you; take back control this semester.