It’s 7:30 and the line of cars on North Ave. continues the length of several football fields in both directions. It’s not underclassman, nor teachers or administration driving to school; it is in fact seniors who hit the snooze button on their alarms five times and decided to check their Instagram feed before making it to class. Not to mention the fact that they have completed none of their homework.
This, ladies and gentlemen, is called Senioritis. Anyone who has the pleasure of interacting with a senior can testify that this unfortunate condition does indeed exist.
Senior year is an exciting time. It’s the last year a teenager gets to live at home as a child before going off to college, working or taking a gap year. This calls for life to be lived to the fullest, which means doing all the fun stuff like spontaneously going to the movies or a concert on a weeknight. But, that’s only one way to look at it.
Jay Mathews, author, education columnist and blogger with the Washington Post, said, “You don’t need to ace the exam. It’s May, for heaven’s sake. You already got into college. AP scores don’t count on your report card…you [need to] learn to appreciate the easier rhythms of your last months in K-12 and never, ever think of them as a slump.”
As they say, life is about balance. High schoolers have worked so hard up until senior year. With standardized tests, college applications and tremendous amounts of school work, three years go by fast and furiously.
By the time it’s April or May everyone is burnt out, including teachers, so having students that aren’t as motivated as they were a year ago isn’t the worst thing in the world.
May seniors forever continue to enjoy their last year as a high school student, for it will go by faster than ever thought possible.