The Guide to the Phenomenon: “Senioritis”



noun - humorous

a supposed affliction of students in their final year of high school or college, characterized by a decline in motivation or performance.


(Google 2018.)




Throughout my five-year journey in high school, I never believed that “Senioritis” existed, or let alone that it was an actual word. It was my first hand experience of the demoralizing disease known to students everywhere that has made me into who I am today. I’ve come to the realization that the popular phenomenon isn’t simply diagnosed, but it’s created and fully operational by you. However, the declination that appears in your work habits, grades, social life, health, and motivation can be easily prevented and avoided with these tips:



1. Snap out of it and come to the realization that you have a choice.

I’ll lay it out right now and say that there is no such thing as “senioritis”. This supposed affliction doesn’t exist. The moment that you diagnosed yourself with senioritis was the moment where you decided to give up. You had the choice of pushing that assignment to later. You had the choice of sleeping in. You had the choice of putting time and effort into everything you do. It’s cheesy, but it's true. Real eyes really do, realize, real lies.




2. Find your passions and what you want to work towards.

My passion has always been swimming, conversing with anyone I meet, and lending a hand whenever remotely possible. When I began to lose my sense of passion, these activities were gradually being removed from my life. After revisiting what I loved to do, I was re-ignited and found more purpose than to lie in bed all day. By searching for your passions you’ll continue to be able to push forward and not let your 5 years of high school go to waste.




3. Re-evaluate your workload & goals.

One of the main causes of stress, breakdowns, and poor mental health is overwork. Take a look at the amount of work you’re doing right now and see if it aligns with your passion. Students often feel overwhelmed by taking on academics, extra-initiatives, and maintaining a social life at the same time. This feeling of being overwhelmed can easily consume you, convincing you to give it all up. Instead, set mini goals for yourself, for an example by saying “I won’t sleep until I complete...” and award yourself for accomplishing those goals. By maintaining a healthy workload and setting a clear vision of what you want to get done, you’ll be one step closer to conquering the disease.




4. Look into what is effective for you.

Try new things. As simple as it may sound, putting yourself into a entirely new environment forces you to adapt. If you find that you can’t study in your room, try going to the library, or move to the kitchen - the possibilities are endless. A simple change of moving from my bedroom to the living room completely changed my work habits. I began to be productive, while in my bedroom the bed was the first thing on my mind. Everyone is different in their own ways and has different methods that work best for them. Through trial and error you’ll be able to find your perfect haven in no time.


These tips were created through my own experiences in my Grade 12 year, a few months before graduation. The worst thing that you can leave behind in high school is regret. The regret that if you tried, you could’ve made it into that dream university or the regret that you should’ve made the most of your final year. With these tips and advice from one senioritis survivor to another, I wish you the best of luck.


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