By Alexis Carr, editor in chief
Ricardo Cruz enters his final year at Indian Trail like many other students becoming seniors at this time, ecstatic yet fearful of the upcoming school year. Most seniors, like Cruz, are becoming adults and preparing to enter the real world after graduation. With all of this in mind, he is determined to finish his final year at Indian Trail strong. He begins the first semester focused and well prepared with the main goal of receiving his diploma on graduation day. The first semester consists of routine studying, completing his work on time, and making a well earned average of A’s and B’s. But as the second semester approaches, his focus and preparation decreases. His grades slowly decline, and he is hit with severe lack of motivation. Cruz caught a bad case of what it often referred to and known as “senioritis.”
Senioritis is a colloquial term typically used in the United States and Canada to define the decreased motivation of students nearing the end of their schooling year. This lack of motivation can occur in different ranges of schooling such as high school, college, and graduate school.
“It’s a snowball effect,” said Cruz, a senior in the Medi-Sci Academy. “It starts off by not doing one thing and begins to affect everything else.”
“It’s sorta like ‘I didn’t do this one project, why do this other one?’” he said. “You don’t do a task for one class and it continues to another and so on.”
Senioritis can take many forms in each individual student. Some students may try to do the least amount of work possible, but yet still do enough to get by. Others may have a decline in their schooling attendance to avoid going to school because of the lack of concern. Some display little to no work ethic at all. With this, various consequences can occur when students begin to let these bad habits take over. Grades can begin to plummet and not producing enough credits can set back graduation or the college you may have been accepted to can change its mind about your admission.
“Senioritis occurs because many students are focused on the future, they are not focused on the here and now,” said Art Preuss, an Indian Trail counselor. “They are more interested in leaving here than getting the most out of their education.”
However, there are some students that manage to stay in the present, steer clear of distractions, and focus on what they are trying to accomplish in the current moment. Jenna Conforti, a senior in the Communications Academy has been doing just that.
Although she too has been affected by senioritis to a certain degree, she still manages to overcome it through hard work and dedication.
“The motivation has gone down and I begin to procrastinate at times, but I still get my assignments in even though it’s a struggle,” she said.
“Although school is almost over and you want to get out as soon as possible, you still have to get good grades, especially for those nice colleges you want to get into,” she said. “You want to stay strong even though it is very hard.”