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The syndrome known as Senioritis

For seniors, this whole high school thing is starting to come to itsSean Kelly inevitable (but long-awaited) conclusion. We’re getting to the point where nothing in these final weeks of high school really seems to matter all that much in the face of looming graduation and for most of us, college.

In a way, this sort of carefree attitude towards the whole situation is an instinctive defensive response. The syndrome known as senioritis has infected seniors everywhere at this point.

After all the stress and panic and general despair that came with the process of applying to schools followed by the painful anticipation that we’re just beginning to really get past, we’re finally at a point where we can rest.

High school might not be turning into a vacation resort, but seniors are trying as hard as possible to imagine that it is. Even the best efforts of tests and homework aren’t going to break the spell. It’s a sort of fog that hangs over people, draining their motivation to do any sort of school-related work.

The problem with this is that some people have said that college is hard. On the college tours and visits I’ve been on lately, students have been saying that university schooling is somewhat more difficult than high school.

But at this point, when most decision letters have already been sent out and everyone has (hopefully) received the acceptances they wanted, the idea of high school seems like something that’s already behind us.

Despite being the primary cause of this whole mess, college claims to be the reason to snap out of it as well. Senioritis is going to have to end when we start having to deal with the difficulties of college.

But we still have a decent chunk of time between the present and our first semester in higher education, so we’re currently sitting in the sweet spot beyond the pressures of high school and not quite into the stress of college courses.

There’s some good reasoning behind the whole senioritis slack-off. This is really our only chance to have a lull period like this, so why not take advantage of it?

In a couple of months, we’ll have to deal with just a couple tests being worth 99 percent of our grades and supposedly just generally harder work.

Of course there’s also a positive side as well, like independence and whatever else you’re supposed to be able to get when you’re in the school for slightly older people.

I mean, we don’t want to completely abandon high school. We haven’t graduated just yet, so there is still a good deal of value in not failing all of our classes (colleges usually aren’t too happy about that).

Senioritis doesn’t mean that it’s time to drop out and give up. But it’s also not something we should ignore. There aren’t going to be many opportunities to really kick back and take a break from the more serious things in life once we’re out of here.

While we might not have to deal with all the really horrible problems of being an adult for the next couple years, we’ll be getting much closer to it than we’ve ever been.

It’s going to be worth taking this period of rest. So even if it’s not the best idea considering what we’ll be up against in the future, it’s what we’re going to do.

Sean Kelly is Lakeridge High School senior and a guest columnist for the Lake Oswego Review. He can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



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