By: Miranda Rester
I’d fight for a cause,
but I just DON’T CARE!
Many of us are suffering from a common virus that we just can’t seem to get rid of: Senioritis. Symptoms may include lack of motivation, frequent naps, loss of notes and ability to write, and unhealthy amounts of procrastination. As underclassmen, we began to feel small hints of the illness, but now our entire bodies are being taken over. There’s only one known cure for the ambition-destroying virus: graduation.
Unfortunately, we have 85 days left until that glorious ceremony, and we have to survive until then. We’ve worked too hard for too long to let Senioritis defeat us. Together, we will make it to the cure.
So how do we fight off the symptoms? Here are some tips for battling Senioritis until May 25.
First things first, stop telling yourself that you’ll do your work later. You won’t, and you know it. You’ll wait until the last second and turn in subpar work minutes before it’s due. For example, this article was due on February 20. On February 22, I’m still telling myself that I’ll finish it later. This makes your life and the lives of all of your teachers more hectic (Sorry, Mrs. Davis). Remember, your GPA hasn’t locked yet, so it’s important to keep turning in your best work.
In addition to keeping your grades up, keep up your hygiene. I shouldn’t even have to address this, but lately I’ve noticed a terrifying decrease in the personal hygiene of the senior class. I know we’re seniors and we don’t care how we look at school, but you have to shower and brush your hair. It’s not optional. It’ll make it easier for you and your peers to focus in class. You don’t have to be cute, but please, be slightly presentable.
For us unfortunate students who have senior project this semester, get as much done as you can before Spring Break. This will not only make your schedule less stressful but also allow you to become consumed by your Senioritis until graduation.
Another helpful way to battle Senioritis is to count down the days until graduation. On the first day of senior year, download a count down app on your phone if you don’t already have one. In the beginning of the year, you’ll look at it and think, “I cannot take [insert number of days] more,” but once your life is full of projects and papers that you’re putting off, you’ll forget to check every day. On the days that you do check, you’ll be beyond relieved to see how much the number has dwindled.
Don’t stress out too much about finding the perfect college, the perfect roommate, or the perfect major. Most college freshmen change at least two of these three. Now is not the time to worry about it. Your only college concern should be getting accepted so apply to any colleges that you may possibly consider. Remember, admissions and scholarship applications have deadlines. You can worry about what you’ll do when you get there when you actually get there.
Every student will fall victim to Senioritis at some point. Accept that the virus is in your system and begin your plan of defense. Your teachers and administrators are here to help you graduate, but they can’t do anything if you lie around and wallow in your illness. Be proactive and persevere. So far, we have survived 2,340 days of school. 56,160 hours. 3,369,600 minutes. We can handle these last 85 days. 2,040 hours. 122,400 minutes. You can do it.