November 29, 2016
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Many students look forward to senior year as easy going, but once senior year comes around, students experience senioritis. Senioritis is the loss of motivation due to the hardship of the past three years of high school. By the end, students are tired and ready to leave high school.
A senior Salma Desiderio states, “You go through high school thinking senior year would be a breeze but there is so much to do senior year with college and whatnot”. A senior not only has the task of what each class entails but the additional “what happens after high school” demands that include things like getting a cap and gown, taking the SATs and ACTs, and applying to colleges. It is a struggle to balance and prioritize this workload.
Senior Sarah McCoy said, “Freshman year homework and projects were done in a timely manner with little procrastination and now my homework is not done until the night before it is due. I just put it off … I should not have waited until the last minute, but then I do it again”. A student’s work ethic is drained of its principle from freshman to senior year.
Is the decay of work ethic due to the progressive workload? Sarah expresses, “As you go through high school, teachers have a higher standard. There is more work you have to do too and do it at a higher standard. So much work is put into it so you begin to lose motivation, especially when you don’t get the grade you feel like you earned … It’s just personally harder to manage because I’m tired”.
All in all, the decay of work ethic is the result of lost incentive brought on by the wear and tear of a teenager’s high school life, which in a way makes it worth it. Senioritis is a reminder of all the work a student has done in the past three years and that this is it.