“se∙nior∙it∙is: n. A crippling disease that strikes high school seniors. Symptoms include: laziness, an over-excessive wearing of track pants, old athletic shirts, sweatpants, athletic shorts, and sweatshirts. Also features a lack of studying, repeated absences, and a generally dismissive attitude. The only known cure is a phenomenon known as graduation.” – Urban Dictionary
Monday January 28 was the first official day of second semester and with the last quarter of many seniors’ high school careers comes the spread of the infamous disease of senioritis. The causes of said infection are college acceptances, a lack of motivation and the belief that graduation is right around the corner. The effects include dropping grades, large numbers of absences as well as new nonchalant attitudes.
Senioritis spreads like wildfire after the last midterms are administered and each senior exits, phone in hand, ready to tweet “Second semester seniors! Wooo!”
Spanish teacher and BHS veteran Mr. Muranelli commented on senioritis stating that “It starts earlier and earlier each year.” This is confirmed by the rising number of students applying and getting accepted to early decision and early action schools. Knowing where they will be going to college makes seniors even more relaxed and gives them a reason to check out earlier than their peers.
Senior Taylor Talenti said, “you only live once!” suggesting that she is taking some time that should be put towards school work and is now directed to things that are more to her liking. Ross Beroff added “I’ve had senioritis since 8th grade.” Senioritis never fails to take over an entire graduating class months before graduation. Teachers dread it, underclassmen envy it, and seniors love it.