Senioritis: Is It Really Such a Bad Thing?

By Charlie Norgaard

Like millions of my fellow high school seniors around the world, I have recently reached a significant milestone in life.

After several grueling months of studying and taking standardized tests, submitting college applications, and balancing school work, I have finally reached the long-awaited end of first semester. And now find myself suffering from a crippling case of Senioritis, which has seemed to worsen over the last few weeks.

Ironically, I have been sitting at my desk for over an hour attempting to write this article, which I told Kara I would have completed a week and a half ago.

Before you begin to judge or criticize my seemingly abysmal work ethic, I urge you to ask yourself this question: Is Senioritis really all that bad?

I would argue that it’s not. See, I view Senioritis as taking a well-deserved ‘break’ from the mind numbing rhythm of high school. Over the course of the last three and a half years, I’ve spent the majority of my days the same exact way: wake up, go to school, play sports, go home, do homework, sleep. And if my teachers expect me to spend my final semester at OES the same way, they are terribly mistaken.  

Rather than spending the last semester of high school running through the same mindless cycle, I think us seniors should be able to take a slight step back from the constant academic pressures that OES forces upon us.

Afterall, we are pretty much at the prime of our youth and it would be a shame to spend these final fleeting days, stressed to the hilt, doing homework and studying for tests.

Instead, we should be able to dedicate more time pursuing our own non-academic interests and experiencing life’s treasures before we are thrown back into the academic rhythm in our first semester of college.  

I understand that nearly every parent or teacher that reads this is going to say something along the lines of, “Life isn’t easy, buddy” or “Welcome to the real world, champ,” but I have little doubt in my mind that in all likelihood, they also partook in the second semester senior lifestyle.

And so, I am kindly urging the teachers who have second semester seniors in their classes to take pity on us. Maybe take a few problems off the math homework or shorten that reading by a few pages and let the kids be kids.

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