During the last semester of school, there is a plague that eats away at our Logan High Seniors and has them anxiously counting down the days until graduation. It may start off as something little, but as the days grow longer, and the sun starts shining, it will be hanging over the heads of many. Senioritis, as bad as it is, seems to be appearing earlier and earlier in students, and teachers are trying to decipher why.
To try and help these teachers out, I decided to go around our school and ask four different seniors “Why is senioritis hitting them?” These were the reasons they gave me on how senioritis is playing a part in their life.
"If we’re nearing the end of a long tunnel, knowing that there are beautiful things on the other end of that tunnel, why would we want to keep staring at the same old tunnel walls that we’ve stared at for years when we are so close to the mysterious treasures beyond it?"
Reason number one comes from a senior Aidan Moore. When I talked to her about the topic, she said, “I think the biggest reason senioritis plays such a significant role in our lives is because many of us don’t have full schedules anymore, and even those who do don’t usually stay for the whole day. For example, I don’t start school until 9:50 this semester. This makes it really hard to get to bed on time, and I’m actually tardy a lot more now than when I had to be at school at 7:30.”
After discussing this with Aidan, it seems like her newfound freedom is actually is detrimental. Thus making this the reason for her senioritis.
Moving on, reason number two is with David Kim. Kim said the main reasons behind his senioritis were the past three years. He stated, “The classes, swim, tests, etc. have burned me out. I’ve put everything into those for three years now, and so I’m losing my drive to do anything.”
Kim admits that he didn’t think senioritis was a real thing until this year, but he is definitely feeling the wrath now. When finishing up our interview, the last thing Kim said was “if I was to give any piece of advice to the underclassmen, it would be to go hard your first three years of high school because you won’t have anything left this last year.”
Makinley Jensen, a senior, provided reason number three. She stated that we get senioritis because, “If we’re nearing the end of a long tunnel, knowing that there are beautiful things on the other end of that tunnel, why would we want to keep staring at the same old tunnel walls that we’ve stared at for years when we are so close to the mysterious treasures beyond it?”
This ideology is what many seniors have wrapped around their head. With all of us finding out where we have gotten accepted to for college, it gives us a taste of what our future is going to be like. The walls around us just aren’t what they used to be in past years; it’s time for us to move on and discover ourselves.
"I want to spend more time making memories I'll never forget."
Reason number four came from my interview with senior Raynger Keckler. Keckler agrees with Makinley about it being hard to already know where he’s going after high school, but he also brought up another aspect. Keckler says senioritis hits him because “I know I’ll never see more than half of my friends and the people I’ve grown up with after this year. I don’t care as much about school now because I want to spend more time making memories I’ll never forget with the people I probably won’t see again.”
Keckler brings to light an important reason that I think has many of our seniors stricken by this plague of senioritis.
Interviewing this handful of seniors has brought forth many ideas about why senioritis is playing such a major role in many seniors lives. With a combination of one or all of these reasons, it’s no wonder why some seniors act they way they do. Senioritis has this stigma of being a shameful or a way for seniors to slack off, when in reality there are many other reasons why senioritis is striking our seniors.