Conventional wisdom says that senioritis is a well-known disease within the high school community. But is this famed state of mind real? According to some students and teachers at Albany High School, it is very real and very lethal.
Senior Avalon Miller said, “Yes, it’s really real. I think it occurs when people get tired of being in an institution, and they just want to be free! Spread their wings and fly.”
Senior Tommy Concepcion chimed in, “Senioritis isn’t an actual disease, it’s just seniors being lazy. They’ve worked hard for years and completely deserve to mellow out.”
Concepcion added, “Most of my friends either have or are currently experiencing it, despite only being at school for a few weeks. In fact, I myself have been under its spell.”
Teacher are at the front line in battling this disease.
“About one third of my seniors show a noticeable decline in academic performance,” said Environmental Science and Chemistry teacher Darren McNally.
“Every teacher has a story of a student who ended up not going to a college they thought they had secured, at least I know I do,” McNally continued.
Math teacher Suzanne Young agreed with McNally: “I believe that it is very difficult for a student to stay motivated, especially after they have already been accepted into a college, even though they can be rescinded.”
In contrast to McNally’s belief, Young noted “they’re not being lazy because the students are bright and have done well in school, I just think that they have lost sight of why they are in high school. They think getting into college means high school is over, when in fact it should instead be an incentive to do well so they can prove they really are as good as the college thinks they are.”
“For a long time we rely on students to be intrinsically motivated, students just need to find another drive when they experience ‘senioritis,’” McNally concluded.
So the answer is obvious: senioritis is real. Still, questions remain: When does it occur and what can we do about it?