Nicholas Aime, CFNN Editor/Reporter
It is an infamous illness caught by seniors. It has plagued teenagers and graduating classes not just around the country, but around the world. It has prompted those who have experienced this illness to warn future generations. It is a force to be reckoned with. It is Senioritis.
There is no secret that seniors and upperclassmen experience fatigue and lack of motivation in their last year of high school. Whether it is caused by the additional stressor of college applications or the expectation of a new life after high school remains to be seen. One thing is for sure, something is holding back most seniors from ending their high school career energized and invigorated.
We went around to ask some seniors what their feelings are on the illness and what they think the determining factor of it is. Lily Terwilliger, cross country, swimming, and soccer Captain elaborated about the amount of stress that she has had this year. “When it comes to college applications and other stuff, I have definitely been so stressed out because of all the deadlines you need to meet.” Terwilliger said.
Suggesting that college applications are the cause of Senioritis is understandable, as selecting which college you want to attend is tedious and difficult in itself. The problem is that some upperclassmen with Senioritis don’t apply to college, and some may apply to only one or two colleges.
Angelina Nicolosi, Senior and Speech and Debate Captain, shared with us her experiences with Senioritis. “I just feel burnt out because I have been grinding and working hard for so long that I don’t have any energy to give.”
The phenomenon of burning out seems to be more of a common denominator that can be shared equally among all high school seniors. What could cause seniors to “burn out?” Seniors have been known to skip out on many classes and underperform on tests, quizzes, and classroom assignments, so what is the root cause of Senioritis?
After asking other people who have dealt with the illness, it is clear that one thing has affected all individuals that have gone through four years of high school. That thing is the structure and rigidity of the educational system. Senioritis or the lack of motivation students have disappears when the individuals who experience it attend college or go into the workforce. It is because new surroundings and new challenges have revitalized those individuals’ desire to succeed.
Staying in the same educational format for four years may be one year too long. This is evident in the fact that Senioritis is experienced by high school and college seniors. Something new must be offered in the educational system to keep that burning passion to succeed going.
In order to cure Senioritis, we have got to switch something up. New ways to keep students engaged and interested in coming to class should be implemented. We must be innovative and bold with our ideas. Otherwise, future generations will bear the burden of having to deal with Senioritis.