By: Nelson Cummiskey
Have you been going to high school for almost four years? Do you already know what you’ll be doing after high school and now find yourself killing time until those plans unfold? Are you completely and utterly “done” with high school because you have been participating in its shenanigans for far too long? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be suffering from a disease called senioritis. Being a senior in high school, especially in the second semester, is one of the hardest times to stay motivated. You can see the light at the end of the tunnel, but if you slow down, you may not reach it. Some people slow down because they are exhausted from the trip through the tunnel. Others slow down because maybe they kind of enjoyed being in the tunnel and they don’t want it to end. Either way, a student keeping the same vigor in their studies their final year as they did the past years is very rare and quite honestly amazing.
One of the most difficult things about staying driven in your final year is knowing what lies past high school. Many students go to college, which we have all been told is a wonderfully fun place to be. With the prospect of having new freedoms like choosing your classes and schedule, living on your own, not having to wait ten minutes before and after the bell to use the restroom, and sleeping in sometimes, it is very hard to power through our current state of not really having these freedoms.
Many people also enjoyed their high school experience so much that they don’t want to leave it. Hanging out with friends every day, playing sports with your friends, commiserating about all the work you have been doing, studying with friends for hours and hours for finals, reteaching yourselves an entire class in a day, and so many more things are all good fun and so many people enjoy it. Many students slow down just to try and do the more fun things of high school.
While every year of high school is difficult, the last one is really all about effort. Conjuring the motivation to actually care about grades that don’t go towards getting into college or getting a job is very difficult and usually requires a lot of soul-searching and deep inner dialogue. However, these days are important. We all need to get through them, and maybe if we come together and help each other stay driven, we can get through it.