A New Epidemic

How senioritis is affecting students in their last year of high school


Illustration by Maisy Garrison

Senioritis pills needed after a long day.

Are you tired of school? When you say, “I’ll do it tomorrow,” do you ever end up doing it? Does your body become immobilized when you try to do homework? Do you dream of having Senior Skip Day every day? Is every assignment done with less than 0.1% effort? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you may have a case of senioritis.

Senioritis is defined as a sharp decline in motivation that affects seniors in high school, according to dictionary.com. Once seniors reach the end of the road, they begin to lose their drive.

“Because of the first long weekend of the year, it made me not want to put as much effort into senior year as I should,” senior Jackson Standley said.

Common symptoms of senioritis include but are not limited to procrastination, exhaustion after simple tasks, slipping grades, low effort, minimal motivation, pulling a Ferris Bueller (more than once) or failure to turn in assignments.

“I have been more productive in other areas of my life, which means less motivation for schoolwork,” Standley said. “It takes me longer to do assignments. I have to take breaks to motivate myself to finish the rest of my work.”

Although climbing out of the senioritis hole can be tough, there are ways to help keep grades afloat. A great way to help is through a support system. By having friends and family who understand the struggle and can help with motivation, assignments might just get turned in.

“I often go over to my friend’s house in order to prepare for tests and get assignments done because it’s a lot easier to be motivated with someone else next to you,” senior Cecilia Dimercurio said.

Additionally, making a calendar or a list to plan when, down to the minute, assignments will be completed. A strict guide for homework will help ensure Thursday night is not packed to the brim with things to do. When these goals are met, reward yourself. Take a break from studying or go watch a movie. Whatever it is that helps you relax, do it.

“Senioritis may be difficult, but I know I have to keep my grades up in preparation for college,” Dimercurio said. “I have to keep in mind that the end of the year is coming.”