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Fighting Senioritis

As defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary, senioritis is “an ebbing of motivation and effort by school seniors as evidenced by tardiness, absences, and lower grades.” Sound familiar? I see it in my friends and other students in my class of 333 seniors. It is getting close to April and slowly but surely, students are suffering from this seemingly real disease. Most kids say the word as a joke, but surprisingly if you Google it, articles and official definitions pop up. It does sound easy to just start slacking off and pulling through the last few months, but I know I can’t. I have to fight through to the end. Even though I have been accepted to college and my plans are all set—I even have had enough credits to graduate since last year—I still have to do my best these last couple months. AP exams are coming up, the school musical is very soon, and the music trip competition is only about a month away! This is a very, VERY busy time of the year; it is not a good time to start frittering away.

Some rumors go around that failing or doing badly your senior year can get you rescinded from colleges. The scary thing, though, is that this rumor is fact. Not many colleges actually follow through, but why risk it? I don’t think it is worth it. My classes were never hard for me, so fighting through to the end isn’t as challenging as it is redundant. I am to the point where I just want to graduate and move on to college. I know I won’t slack off then. How could I? My dying will to do high school work isn’t a lack of motivation or any such thing; it is more a consequence of anxiousness and excitement for the future. I think that is the case for most kids in this situation. I don’t have friends who are failing classes or purposely not doing their work. We all are still working hard. But that doesn’t mean we want to. Let’s have summer come now; the last break before our new lives. Then we will start over and work hard from the beginning once more. So, fellow seniors out there, let’s fight through to the end. It is so close! ’Tis the true challenge of fighting senioritis.

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