What is it? How do we combat it?

What is it? How do we combat it?

Mya MacPherson, Staff Writer

Senioritis: The plague of high schools. 

As the end of the school year approaches, high school seniors across the country fall prey to a common affliction known as senioritis. Symptoms of senioritis include lack of motivation, poor attendance, and declining grades. It’s a phenomenon that has been around for decades, but seems to be getting worse with each passing year.

Experts believe that senioritis is caused by a combination of factors, including burnout from years of hard work, anxiety about the future, and a sense of entitlement that comes with being a senior. Many seniors feel that they have already accomplished what they need to get into college, and therefore don’t see the point in putting in any more effort.

Students who lose their motivation and stop attending classes can end up failing courses or even dropping out of school. This can have a long-term impact on their future, as it may prevent them from getting into the college of their choice or finding a good job. All four years of hard work could be wasted. 

To combat senioritis, educators and parents need to be aware of the warning signs and take action early. This may include setting clear expectations for seniors, providing incentives for good attendance and grades, and offering support and guidance through the college application process.

Ultimately, the best way to prevent senioritis is to foster a culture of academic excellence throughout high school. By emphasizing the importance of hard work and dedication, and by providing students with the tools and resources they need to succeed, we can help ensure that our seniors stay motivated and focused until the very end.