Senioritis infects Northwest students

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Talk of college fills the hallways. Friends telling friends “I got in.” News of everyone’s decisions of where they will spend the next two to four years of their lives. Who they will be rooming with. What they will be majoring in.

The seniors of Northwest are excited for what their futures hold, and for months, college has consumed the minds of Northwest’s Class of 2018. But with that comes something bad. A decrease in work ethic. Diminished attention paid to schoolwork. A lack of care. This phenomenon is best known as senioritis.

“Senioritis is when nobody knows what’s going on anymore, and you’re just desperately trying to get them to know what’s going on, but it just doesn’t work,” AP English Literature and English 12 teacher Alexander Wertz said.

Teachers, such as AP human geography teacher Dana Hilliard, whose classes are mainly comprised of seniors feel the greatest effects of senioritis on their classrooms.

“[A common symptom of senioritis] is everyone on their phone in class,” Hilliard said. “I see [senioritis] with the amount of work that people just don’t wanna do, but now it’s just more in class it’s painful for people to listen.”

Hilliard fears the effects of senioritis on her students come the AP exam in May.

“I don’t think people are retaining as much as they need to for the AP exam, which is unfortunate because we still have a lot to cover,” Hilliard said. “And people have put in hard work at the beginning, and if they just stop now, then they won’t pass the exam. They’re cutting themselves short.”

Students tend to grow nervous when exam time rolls around and they realize they have not put in the needed effort.

“[Senioritis] starts after Christmas break and it seems to stop about a week before AP exams start and everyone starts to freak out,” Hilliard said.

Some students let the effects of seniorits overpower their motivation to perform in school.

“I haven’t really done homework for two quarters,” senior Parker Byrd said.

Not doing homework can be the biggest symptom of senioritis.

“I can’t remember the last chemistry assignment I’ve done,” senior Jack Edwards said. “It’s definitely been at least six months.”

Though some let senioritis get the best of them, some students advise against letting senioritis take hold.

“Senioritis is real,” senior John Miringu said. “Don’t let it get to you, even after you get accepted into colleges and stuff, you still need to stay on your grind and stay on your work because you can get your admission revoked.”

Hilliard also shares some advice.

“Try to keep the big picture and think ‘we’re almost done, let me keep going so I don’t screw up everything I worked for the first half of the year,’” Hilliard said. “You can control it and you have to be conscious that it is a thing and that it is there, so you don’t just check out. Realize that you’re about to have it.”

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