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Senioritis: How it Affects You and Your Senior Year

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When you Google the definition of senioritis, this is what you will find: A supposed affliction of students in their final year of high school or college, characterized by a decline in motivation or performance.

Senioritis decreases your motivation to do work and causes grades to drop. Some symptoms of the condition are boredom, apathy (Google it, I already have the first stage of senioritis), fear of change, and burnout (no more fuel left in the brain). Below are a series of interviews conducted with seniors about said affliction and its effects on their senior year.

 

Q & A with Fremont seniors about senioritis

Raquel Serrato Romero

G&G: How do you think you’re doing in your senior year so far?

Romero: At the beginning, I had a lot of enthusiasm and I was really determined and motivated but throughout the year I feel like I’ve been procrastinating. I’ve been slowing myself down, and I’ve also been struggling with classes especially since I have 4 AP classes. So yeah I feel like I’m doing fine.

  • Q: Do you know what senioritis is?

A: Senioritis is like the affliction of every college or high school student towards their [senior] year when they start trying as hard as they normally do at the beginning of the year. They feel like they’re fed up and they also feel the need of just getting out of high school, just rushing things through and like not doing their work or not putting enough effort into what they’re doing.

Q: Do you think you have senioritis?

A: Oh my God, partially yes. I thought I would never go through it but I’ve had the symptoms and all that. I’ve had procrastination a lot or I’m just sleeping in class, but I feel like it’s also because a lot of people have jobs during their senior year, so that’s something that could be affecting their performance overall, like their academic performance.

Q: What’s one thing that is stressing you out the most this year?

A: The senior project, of course, that’s a big thing. It’s like my biggest concern because if I don’t pass, I don’t graduate. Also my AP classes, like the tests and all that, especially college, like when you go and fill out applications or if you’re gonna get enough financial aid or whether you’re gonna make it to a 4-year [university] or 2-year [university].

 

Marlini Mesui

G&G: How do you think you’re doing in your senior year so far?

Mesui: Not good and not bad, somewhere in the middle.

Q: Do you know what senioritis is?

A: No, not really.

Q: Do you think you have senioritis?

A: I think I do. Well, I had it at the beginning of the year.

Q: What’s one thing that is stressing you out the most this year?

A: The senior project, especially with the deadline.

 

Valeria Fernandez

G&G: How do you think you’re doing in your senior year so far?

Fernandez: I think I’m doing good. I’m keeping up with my work. I’m staying up late to try and finish all my work on time. I’m trying not to turn in all my work late because I know that if I do that all my work is going to pile and I’m going to get stressed out.

Q: Do you know what senioritis is?

A: I do know what senioritis is. They [Ms. P] explained it to us at the beginning of the year.

Q: Do you think you have senioritis?

A: I have a little bit of senioritis. Sometimes I procrastinate and I slack off, but I do try to keep up with my work. I have A’s, so I don’t think I have it like some other people do.

Q: What’s one thing that is stressing you out the most this year?

A: I think two things. Ms. P’s class is really getting to me because it’s deadline after deadline and the senior project. It causes more pressure because it’s something you have to pass in order to graduate, so that’s what I’m worried about.

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