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Alaina Haylock

Some of our favorite seniors are breaking in their caps and gowns (Photo Courtesy of Alaina Haylock).

Senior year sucks. There’s no way around it. For most seniors, it feels like there are a million things to do before we graduate. The only problem is, there’s a virus going around in the class of 2021. A deadly virus known as Senioritis.

Senioritis is a well-known phenomenon, one that most freshmen, sophomores, and juniors make fun of. However, every senior and teacher knows that senioritis isn’t a joke.

“The worst part about this year is how seniors are expected to handle so many tasks and responsibilities at once. Between Senior Project, college classes, and work, we have little to no free time. My senioritis started in early December and it has slowly gotten worse and worse. I hate working on school now, and it makes me mad but I know I have to push past that and keep working,” senior Christian Malave told the Bengal Beat.

I’ve always made the joke that my Senioritis started when I was a sophomore. Since my 2nd year of high school, I’ve been so ready to graduate. Now, as a senior, I know that whatever I was feeling these past years doesn’t even compare to what I’m feeling right now.

Senioritis is a combination of emotions. The biggest part of it is the lack of motivation to do school work. Our class is only weeks away from walking across the stage and getting our diploma from Mr. Sinclair, and it can’t come soon enough.

For most seniors, the thought that they have already gotten into college is the main reason that they don’t finish work or come to school. If we’ve already been accepted into a university, then what’s the point of high school? According to NYU: Steinhardt, the decision to slack off on studies and attendance can impact learning, affect grades, and make it more difficult to make the transition from high school to college. Freshman year of college is a very difficult year, especially if you’re moving away from home. College freshmen aren’t given an adjustment period and are just launched off into the next stage of their lives.

“I have been kept motivated by the fact that colleges are still sent my mid-year and final year transcript and could kick me out if they really wanted to. And the best part of my senior year has been the superiority complex that comes with being a senior and getting into colleges. I’ve never felt so powerful. I am ecstatic to graduate! I’ve enjoyed my high school experience, but am very ready for the next step. I also am very excited to be going out of state and living near Chicago. I’m a big city person at heart,” said Ben VanPelt, senior at St Joseph’s Catholic School.

For Brashier students, graduating doesn’t just mean finishing high school, it also means finishing Senior Project.

“My senioritis started right about when I started working on my senior project. It’s been my least favorite class this year and the stress of that class has caused me to fall behind in my other classes. I’m happy to graduate so I can finally be done with the class,” said Brashier senior Gaige Pennell.

Every Brashier student dreads Senior Project, almost as much as we dread the leaf collection project. For most of us, it’s just another class that we have to do work in. Personally, I’m proud of my senior project, even though the class hasn’t been my favorite. I didn’t have to worry about meeting the minimum amount of hours for my project, but I’m so glad to be done.

“There are no words to explain how happy I am to graduate. I’m so done with everything, and I just want to move on with my life,” added Malave.

Graduation is the final step in our high school career, and I’ve never heard of a high school senior who isn’t ready to graduate. We’re already mentally tired of this school year and our grades are suffering. Just a few more weeks of trying to turn in work until we’re finally done. We’ve already gotten our caps, gowns, and tassels. The only thing left is to shake Sinclair’s hand.