Seniors lose focus; catch senoritus

photoSenior year is the last hurdle before students head out into the real world and this knowledge should give students a bit of enthusiasm to be able to finish the year.

However, most seniors get struck with a severe case of senoritus in their last year of school and stop putting effort and time into their schoolwork.

“I’ve found myself not wanting to do anything in class at all,” said senior Gracie Bain when asked about how senoritus is affecting her.

Senoritus has many different symptoms; sleepiness, forgetfulness and general laziness are some of the most common ones, but there are many other ones.

The symptoms start at the very end of the junior year and progressively get worse as the year goes on.

“I think all of the seniors will get it at some point,” said senior Alyssa Bartilson.

This disease is common throughout the country and  is mainly found in seniors, but there is the occasional junior that catches it early on.

Senoritus impairs students ability to work and causes them to lose track of time.

“It starts off with being late and before you know it you don’t do your work. Grades start dropping tremendously,” said senior Laurel Fitts. “It’s being lazy at its finest.”

Senior teachers get to deal with this first hand and must figure out how to combat the symptoms.

When an entire classes is lazy and showing up late it becomes incredibly hard for a teacher to do anything productive in a class.

“It’s one of the most frustrating things of our job when the students won’t learn,” said government teacher Kristin Lightle.

These teachers have incredible patience with students though.

“No teachers have gotten angry yet at student blowing off assignments,” said Bain.

After a year or two of having seniors, teachers adjust to the extreme apathy that students show towards their work every day in class.

“I try to trick them into learning,” Kristin Lightle, government teacher said.

photo (1)Every student handles senoritus in different ways developing their own techniques to work through the nearly paralyzing laziness. Some write due dates down a day early to buy themselves extra time while other just remind themselves of the approaching graduation.

Bain takes a different view though.

“I’m embracing it,” she said. “I figure there’s no use fighting it.”

The students that take this approach usually have the worst afflictions. This debilitating diseases does not discriminate between students, but affects every senior.

“I have seen my most revered classmates fall to this cruel disease,” said Alyssa Bartilson.

Senoritus strikes just as most students are trying to get ready for college which causes conflict.

Getting into college has become a long and convoluted process involving paper work and essays.

“They expect us to keep up with school, but we also have to keep track of due dates,” said Bain.

It can be a headache trying to get ready for college and the laziness, that is brought with senoritus, just makes things worse.

With all of the problems that are caused by senoritus, it is a surprise that no one has found a cure yet. Since there is no cure students will just have to keep struggling through it.

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