Forty-eight days. Seniors recognize that as the number of days left on the day this article was published until graduation.
As graduation draws closer, some seniors’ academic motivation and priorities start to shift, which may lead to “senioritis,” Stephanie Newsom, director of counseling services, said.
“I think seniors get senioritis because we are so close to being done and can see the light at the end of the college tunnel,” Brittany Barnard said.”I also believe that we have a lot of other things on our minds and plates like getting our big boy and girl jobs in the real world next year.”
Barnard said she started having senioritis in the second seven weeks of winter semester.
Rob Seubert said it set in for him at the beginning of the semester, but that it has increased since he secured a job for after graduation.
Senioritis may cause some seniors to become more social because they realize they will not be able to see their friends as easily as they do now after graduation, Newsom said.
“When you have friends who aren’t seniors, they typically either get sad when you mention it or start telling you to fail so you can stay longer,” senior Leah Arthur said.
The onset of senioritis at the beginning of the academic year can be bad timing.
“You have 32 weeks of school ahead of you that you have to get through. You do not want to bomb your entire senior year,” Newsom said.
Newsom said senioritis is not just limited to seniors.
Each class has their own version of it.
Other grades’ versions can be seen at certain points of the year when academic motivation diminishes.
These include when it becomes close to break and close to the end of the academic year.
Seubert thinks other classes do not have their own version.
“Being a senior just feels much different then any other year, it’s scary to think that I will be leaving the place I have called home for the last four years,” Seubert said.
It should not be used as an excuse from an obligation though, Newsom said.
Barnard said the downfalls are that she is not able to focus on things like homework as well as she used to.
“I feel that I procrastinate a lot these days and I am always bored. I have a significantly lighter schedule this semester than I have the past three years,” Barnard said.
Arthur said it is more difficult to have motivation to do her homework even though she needs to keep her grades up.
It is important to work on time management and make a list of what needs to get done, Newsom said.
Looking at time wasters and eliminating them will also help not only seniors but other students balance their schedules more, she said.
In order to stay productive, Seubert said he finds different places to do his homework.
“I have been going to the library a lot because when I commit to go there I have more purpose for studying,” Seubert said.”If I try to do homework in my room I usually just end up playing video games or whatever.”
Barnard said as stressful as it can be at times she thinks senior year is awesome.
“Sometimes it is scary and exciting at the same time,” Barnard said.”While I can day dream about the future, it is still important for all us seniors to buckle down and get through our last two weeks of this semester and then it’s on to May Term, or should I say “Play Term.”