"Senioritis" — skipping class, missing tests, attending parties instead of athletic practice, and generally slacking off at the end of the last year of high school — is practically a rite of spring. But this year there may be serious consequences — including having college acceptance withdrawn — for those who don't finish with a strong academic record.
The class of 2010 has been infected-- An epidemic that doesnt effect the class of 2009, and that the class of 2011 secretly wishes they could be part of. It's not that we are no longer determined, but we are seriously distracted. Senioritis is rampant. But I think it may not be such a bad thing.
First off, let us define senioritis. Some would say that it is the one word to encompass the laziness (above), and over-relaxation that hits seniors approximately four months before that graduation ceremony. This is partially correct, but I happen to think that senioritis is not really a matter of laziness or over-relaxation. It is actually a result of the looming transition to college life. Seniors are especially busy planning the next four years, making it extra difficult to focus on the last bit of high school. With tougher academics, more activities, a feeling of urgency to spend the last months with friends, and college planning, it may appear that we are slacking. However, the true story is that we are focused on other areas of our lives.
With Dance rehearsal, service, lacrosse, and college planning, I feel as if I hardly have enough time to complete all schoolwork and study adequately. Physically, I may have the time, but mentally, humans can only be "on" for so many hours a day. We need time to rest and recharge, and with all that's going on in the life of a senior before graduation, this leaves school in a difficult position. Right now, we have to prioritize. Personally, I'm thinking in terms of making memories. I've committed to college, and I care deeply about finishing my schoolwork off the right way at Judge. I have no intention of letting a single assignment go by with less than a 100% effort. However, when I am an old man, I know I won't look back on high school and remember how my homework shaped the years to come. I will remember having a solo in dance concert, or making a game-winning goal in lacrosse, or taking second at state in golf. I won't remember all of the facts about American Government or the derivitive rules of Calculus. I just won't. But I will remember the craziest thing I did with my friends. I will remember what I liked to do on the weekend. We have all worked very hard, with a few exceptions, and now we see the light at the end of the tunnel. We want to focus on making high school enjoyable, and sometimes that looks lazy to teachers. However, in the overall aspect of life, us seniors are more motivated than ever. We are ambitious, and determined to move on with a smile and well-developed character. Schoolwork can only do so much to accomplish these things. It is important to finish strong as people, as adults. For once, we see ourselves more human than just "students".