Photo by Devon Williams.

Photo by Devon Williams.

As a senior, there are tons of responsibilities; keeping up with school, extracurriculars, possibly a job, applying to college, completing your hours, and so much more. But all this school, all this working, and all the activities have become tiring. Seniors have done this for almost four years, dedicating their lives to school; from completing the homework assignments, trying the best they could on the tests, completing the SAT or ACT, waking up when the sun hasn’t even gotten up yet, and coming home from the extracurriculars after the sun goes down. Spending more than 1,000 days as a high school student but it’s almost over. They can see the light at the end of the very very long tunnel, so what are the seniors starting to go through… From missing class, being tardy, never doing homework, and the constant desire to just drop out even though there are only two months left. The seniors of Chaparral are experiencing senioritis, as defined by Merriam Webster of an ebbing of motivation and effort by school seniors as evidenced by tardiness, absences, and lower grades. If you’re not a senior, you can probably tell. They walk in the halls like zombies, teachers who have taught them for all four years can see that they went from a movatived and excited freshman to a senior who can’t even come to class. The kid that you knew four years ago? They don’t even seem to be there anymore, dozing off into thoughts that so very soon they may be in college. The environment for these seniors has shifted, they no longer need to fit in; they have found themselves, they have decided who they are and who they want to be. Everything about high school seems unnecessary to these seniors, feeling as they can just roll on through with a diploma. So is this senioritis an actual thing, hitting high school seniors all over the nation… From a 2010 survey in New York and New Jersey, 69.7% agree strongly that they believe their academics effort will mostly decline in the second semester of their senior year. If a large percent of students agree with this fact, Merriam Webster has a definition for it, multiple newspapers writing about the mass plague of senioritis; it must be real. Seniors have senioritis and although it won’t actually make them puke, cough or sneeze, it may make them late to first period but also skip second. If you are a senior and you’re experiencing senioritis or even if you’re only a freshman but feel like you can’t continue; there are a few things to remember. First of all, make memories every single day, you’re only with these people for four years and you may never see them again. You’ll look back on these days and wished you would’ve been there or done that. So, do it now and get all the memories you can! High school happens once, don’t let the light in the tunnel slow you do; continue to work hard and finish off strong.

Story by Devon Williams

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