By Davion Lindsey and Joshua Joseph
Do you fall asleep while doing homework? Is lunch the only “class” you look forward to everyday? Is homework a foreign language to you?
If you have any of these symptoms or combination thereof, it’s more than likely that you have Senioritis. Senioritis is a disease that attacks students during their final year of high school, making them extremely lazy and reluctant to do anything related to school.
The two of us have Senioritis. It started with Davion at the beginning of the school year, during the football season. Josh came down with the disease last summer, before he even became a senior. The reason we have Senioritis is because college is ahead and we CAN’T WAIT TO LEAVE! We know this can hurt our GPAs but the desire to leave has taken over in this last year.
No one knows where exactly Senioritis came from but it is believed by many to have always been here since the dawn of school.
One of the main problems with Senioritis is that it can attack a student out of nowhere at all.
“I’ve had Senioritis since August 26,” MSA Senior Craig Carter said, remembering the first day of school for seniors. “It can be very annoying to deal with, but then again school is pretty much the same way.”
Like Craig, other seniors are finding they suffer from this disease and are struggling to deal with it. Most have never felt this way before.
Justice Peoples, a senior who used to find it easy to motivate himself into getting good grades, this year finds it hard to even get out of bed in the morning.
“I just don’t feel like doing any of it,” he said.
But some people like Justice have parents, the worst enemies of Senioritis.
“Moms wouldn’t let me slack off,” Justice said.
Senior Deriknesha Brockman claims that she has Senioritis, too, and is ready to leave high school.
“It shows that students might quit at any time and in college you can’t afford to do that.” Brockman later said in the interview. “People change when they want to. There is no cure for it.”
Senior Joshua Marcus said he has stayed around people who succeed in school and excel on many levels to keep him motivated .
"Senioritis is a habit and habits are hard to break," Joshua said jokingly.
Senior Aryies Bridges said her after-school job at Checkers is taking up a lot of her time and attention.
“Work has demotivated me, and I have been working harder in all my classes to stay motivated,” she said.
Aryies said students lose focus on high school because they think they’re ready for college--right now.
“Students catch Senioritis because of their ego and eagerness to leave,” she said.
Teachers don’t like Senioritis but they do acknowledge that it’s simply a part of being a senior.
“I think Senioritis is a very unfortunate and almost unavoidable part of graduating high school,” MSA chemistry teacher Cheryl Heitzman said.
Like the flu, maybe.
Sima Faik, MSA environmental science teacher, said Senioritis is a regular, and terrible, part of spring semester.
“I hate it,” he said. “Senioritis makes seniors lazy and makes them want to slack.”
“It makes my job harder,” Faik said, speaking on behalf of all 12th grade teachers.
Many other students and teachers and even parents were interviewed for this story. Their comments were supposed to be included in this story, which was supposed to be much better than it is.
But we’re graduating soon and off to college sooooo ….