Merriam-Webster defines senioritis as “an ebbing of motivation and effort by school seniors as evidenced by tardiness, absences, and lower grades.”
But there’s a whole lot more to this idea than what the definition describes. Whether they are seniors in high school or seniors in college, students all have the desire to grow up and get on with their lives; it’s present at birth. All we want to do is grow up to be just like mom and dad, and schooling have etched this idea into our brains.
When we were in grade school, all we wanted was to be taken for a middle school student because that was considered old at the time. During middle school, we all wanted to go straight into high school due to the lack of sincerity that we received by elders. In high school, all anyone wanted to be was a senior because they rule the school and, more importantly, are that much closer to going to college. It’s a step-by-step process that everyone goes through.
Being the second semester senior, I realize there are less than 60 days of school left until graduation. I would have to say that senioritis has found its place in me. Whether I decide to do my homework when I should or work on it the morning it’s due, I just cannot find the motivation to do anything. I know that college is right around the corner and all I have left is a few lessons, tests, papers and finals. So why would I stress myself out, only to be free from the reigns of high school? This is where I see my challenge.
It is almost impossible to physically pick myself out from under the covers, put ‘real’ clothes on, and drive to school, just to be bored by the lessons each day. But the only thing that gets me through it is knowing that each day of school that passes is one less day until graduation.
Graduation is a scary concept for everyone; it means leaving home for the first time, being thrown into a new town and way of life for the next four years and getting to know all new people. So why do people want it so much? Because it is the gateway to becoming independent and essentially being an adult with real responsibilities.
We all want to be one thing or other when we grow up, and getting out of high school is step one. So, seniors, we can make it through one last semester. Just keep your eye on the goal of graduation and know that everyone is in the same boat.
No senior wants to be stuck at school all day rather than going to one class a day, so we’re not alone. Just try to enjoy the rest of your senior year because we can never go back and change mistakes that we make or have the same experiences that we are all currently having. Life will hit us soon enough and we will be wishing for the simpler days of high school to be back. Just like any other problem, senioritis can be fought. We’re too close to graduation for senioritis to have its effect.
Born and raised in Missouri, Katie Soden resides in Lee’s Summit with parents Bob and Nancy and brother Daniel. Soden is a senior at Lee’s Summit North High School, runs cross country and works on the yearbook staff. She has not decided on which college she will attend. Follow Soden her senior year as she shares her experiences in the Journal.