Is Senioritis a Myth or Reality?

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By Devi Bridgemohan

Staff Reporter

As the spring semester nears its end, some seniors, if not most, start to experience symptoms of senioritis.

“Senioritis” is a popular term used to describe a decrease in motivation and performance for students who are nearing the end of their high school or college careers.

Senior Jaime Fregeau admitted to having senioritis, saying that the cause of it was her impending graduation.

“[I’m] just trying to stay focused on finishing my school work,” said Fregeau.

Although lacking some scholastic motivation down the final stretch, Fregeau has all of her post-graduation plans sorted out.

“I’m a nursing student, so I am planning to take my boards and then get a job working in a hospital,” said Fregeau.

With graduation right around the corner, many seniors are struggling with focusing on their classes.

“It’s definitely hard to stay motivated for some of my elective classes,” said senior Emily Gentile, who is also a Graphic Designer for the Spectrum. “I think some of the classes I’m taking don’t really apply to what I’ll be doing in the future, so I don’t take them as seriously.”

Despite her struggle to avoid the “senioritis” at times, Emily shares that the best way for her to stay focused is through organization.

“Scheduling, scheduling, scheduling,” said Gentile. “To keep myself on track, I make sure I have a to-do list. It helps with procrastination, too.”

Gentile also expressed lots of eagerness in regards to graduation day and her future plans.

“I’m going to graduate school so I’m excited about my next chapter,” said Gentile. “I’m going to get my Masters in Broadcast Journalism and Media Productions.”

Aside from seniors, lower classmen also shared their thoughts and opinions on senioritis.

“Yes, I believe senioritis is real,” said junior Meagan Schantz. “I think senioritis exists because seniors only have two semesters left of their college career and, therefore, want to enjoy the time they have left at school before they enter the workforce.”

Schantz is looking forward to her senior year and intends to finish strong.

“I am ready for senior year, but I also don’t want to rush the time to graduation,” said Schantz. “I’ve loved my time here so far, so while senior year is an exciting time, I want to enjoy the rest of this year.”

Regardless of the concerns, Schantz is not at all worried about senioritis.

“No, I am not really concerned about senioritis,” said Schantz. “I’m very focused on getting into law school and I am set to graduate early, so I do not think senioritis will be an issue for me.”

Although the term senioritis is used extensively for just seniors, lower classmen feel that it’s a term that can be applied to anyone.

“The whole four years is made up of non-stop hard work and, once you get towards the end, it gets even harder to find motivation,” said sophomore Leticia D’Souza.

“Don’t get me wrong, there is fun involved in those four years, but also a lot of commitment workwise,” said D’Souza.

D’Souza feels that sophomores experience their own lack of motivation. However, she implies that it’s no excuse to be lazy because it’s not worth the risk.

“I do get unmotivated, but I don’t have time to be lazy about it,” said D’Souza. “If I have something to do, then I need to get it done or else I will fall behind, and once fallen, it is very hard trying to catch back up.”

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