In these past two weeks I have noticed a strange similarity amongst several of my peers: late homework assignments, lower grades, unfocused study halls, and even messier lockers. It’s all summed up in one word: senioritis. It’s an illness that has plagued generations of high school seniors. Merriam-Webster describes senioritis as “an ebbing of motivation and effort by school seniors as evidenced by tardiness, absences, and lower grades.” At one point, I feared that I too had contracted this debilitating disease. To further conduct an accurate self-diagnosis, I consulted the online Urban Dictionary for the related symptoms, which happen to include: laziness and an over-excessive wearing of track pants or old athletic shirts.
Luckily I never reached the stage of wearing track pants and old athletic shirts. The most my symptoms were ever manifested was being late for midday Angelus or experiencing an unusual lack of motivation in doing my Calculus homework. Providentially, with reassessed goals and motivations this brief phase of senioritis has passed over before final exams, which begin in just a few days. Senioritis is just another one of those small bumps in the road, which take us by surprise and throw us off course for a minute or two. It’s seems like a life changing moment or a life-changing illness that would change us forever, but with a simple step back and a look at the big picture, it’s really not that bad at all.