Senioritis, A Necessary Evil

By Admir Milla

It is difficult to say exactly what Senioritis is, but our seniors can try to explain it.

“It’s asking the kid next to me for loose leaf and a writing utensil every day because my bag only contains food and my phone charger,” said Narmin Gadimova ’13.

“Senioritis is that yearn to cut second and ninth to sit in Connecticut Muffin,” said Nik Albert ’13.

We know it sounds bad, but we all need it.

For most seniors, the first three and a half years of high school are extremely demanding, to say the least. In that relatively short period of time, students have to deal with teachers, grades, exams, essays, presentations, extracurriculars, community service, work, SATs, APs, applications, interviews, college visits, and admittance decisions. In a community where academic success is often put above all else, it is obviously stressful to have to deal with it all.

The senioritis phenomenon is nothing new.

“I recall cutting four days during my senior year.  But, two of those were to do research at the Library of Congress. The other two were for going to a quarry to jump off cliffs into ice-cold water. My grades suffered during senior year,” said Dr. MacRae Maxfield. Yes, a chemistry teacher with a PhD who contributed to the development of chargeable lithium-ion batteries admitted to having senioritis. We are not alone.

Many students feel that senioritis is now more frowned upon than it was in the past. However, this could be attributed to the fact that there is more expected of seniors today, which means there’s a greater fall from grace in the eyes of critical teachers.

Second term seniors do have a lot on their plate. Second term seniors do have a lot on their plate. Teachers continue to give work, not to hurt the students, but to help them.

“The time goes by much more quickly when you are learning new skills. Secondly, there is still a great deal to learn in your areas of interest and no amount of preparation is wasted in the competition for the finite opportunities available in even the fastest growing fields,” said Dr. Maxfield. Teachers don’t do it to ruin second-term senior fun.

However, teachers who do acknowledge the inevitable decline in their senior’s work ethic by mixing up their lesson plans should be commended for their efforts. As they often no longer care about their grades, seniors need the extra motivation to work. When grades and test scores dip in value, it is often inspiration from a teacher that can incentivize a student in the last few months.

Colleges also need to reevaluate how they view second term seniors. Some colleges ask for a report card at the end of the year, which, at that point is a waste of paper. Many colleges do threaten to rescind their admission offers if they see a drastic decline in a student’s grades, a practice with which many students disagree.

“Colleges should cut second term seniors some slack. Second term senior grades should not determine placement for fall classes,” echoed Erin Comiskey ’13.

We all need to experience at least a little senioritis. It provides a way to look at life that we will never have again. Sure, it can make us lazy and distracted, but it also gives seniors time to celebrate the last four years with a group of students who have all shared the very unique experience of being a Technite.

“Senioritis is a once in lifetime feeling – utterly carefree, anything goes! Cherish it, respect it, love it,” said Stephanie Abreu ’13.

I hope a little senioritis from the Class of 2013 is inherited by 2014 and that they provide the same guidance to those that follow.

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