Senioritis Spreads Amongst Shorians

Senioritis, it is the emotional and physical symptoms that come with the progression of senior year in high school. Symptoms such as anxiety, laziness, restlessness, stress, and mood swings. It can develop over time, or hit an unsuspecting senior like a freight train. The feeling can be overwhelming, and it can typically be obvious to spot. Teachers with seniors in their classes know all about senioritis and have to suffer when affected students are in proximity.  

Being in the mindset of an “almost graduate” can take a toll on students. They get the sense that since they are so close to the end, that effort is no longer essential in schoolwork and life in general. Grades start to slip, classes are skipped, and there is a period of dramatic emotional changes. Few students are immune to senioritis, even if it is slight, it is very contagious amongst seniors. They may develop tendencies to get lazy with their high school lives, and get involved in intense social exploits.

Many students party during their senior year. Since seniors are either 18 or getting close to it, they generally feel self-entitled to make their own (sometimes poor) decisions. The responsibilities of being an adult are often mismanaged, leading to poor performance in school, which could damage chances of college acceptance. Senior year is sort of a test to see how well young adults can handle the beginnings of adulthood, while maintaining a reputable high school grade status. Some will excel while others will crack under the pressure. Surviving senior year is not something to take lightly.

The class of 2017 is collectively planning for life as high school graduates. Those who dropped out will miss out on the ceremonial graduation. Plenty of students are on that same wavelength, they can’t wait to be done with high school. On the other hand, a lot of students are dreading graduation, they are sentimental and will miss high school with all of their heart. One such student is Mikhail Jacobson, “Of course I’m excited to graduate, but I’m going to miss all of my friends for sure.” An anonymous senior put it this way, “I don’t want to graduate. I have anxiety for the future!”

Overall, senior year is eminent and it must be taken seriously. There is no such thing as a “blow-off” year.  Grades should be taken just as seriously as previous years. It can ruin things for students that were once straight-A students, a little senioritis kicks in and those A’s become B’s, which become C’s and so on. Senior year is a very important time in a person’s life. Make the most of it, keep going, and try your hardest.



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I am a senior this year. I have been on The Shoreline staff for all four years of high school.