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Senioritis

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Hats are flying and friends and family members have tears in their eyes, then reality hits. Some seniors describe senioritis as the will to do schoolwork vanishing. Senioritis has possibly been around since the first graduating class and it seems to be the most common and most contagious disease around.
Senior Courtney Smith says senioritis is spread from friend to friend and soon enough everyone is contaminated. It’s more of a response to exhaustion due to sports, doing homework and figuring yourself out.
“I think it’s contagious,” Smith said. “Your friends get it, then you get it, then everybody has it.”
Graduation is still months away and many seniors who have been accepted into college don’t feel the need to put much effort into their school work because they already have a secure plan, where others are glad they can finally stop going after 13 years of schooling. Senior Abi Govea says she doesn’t think a senior like her should get into the mindset of slacking on their work. Govea advised that everyone should now reach for a new goal as she has.
“I feel like they should still keep trying because they still have to try in college, college is going to be way harder than high school,” Govea said.
Being the first to go to college in her family gives Govea more motivation to continue to expand her horizons and make new goals. She plans to keep working hard until the day she graduates.
“You still got to try hard, if you meet your goal it’s not like you’re going to stay there,” Govea said. “You got to make new goals and work hard.”
Some people blow senioritis out of proportion and exaggerate the issue. Smith says that her senioritis is just a feeling of dread caused by the end of the year being too far.
“Senioritis started towards the end of my junior year,” Smith said. “It was then I realized my senior year was my last first day that I would ever have in high school.”
Although there are many aspects of high school that will not be missed; extracurricular activities is not one that appreciation for those activities might kick in.
“What you are involved in lasts longer, and you appreciate it more.” Smith said.
Trying and working at is important, taking breaks now and then is fine too. There are various ways senioritis is defined, but most say it’s the response that 13 consecutive years of schooling can cause. Seniors need to keep in mind that taking a break from work is not going to last forever. If perusing higher education, more work is coming their way.

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