Senioritis Spreading at Northwood

Senioritis: A condition in which a high school senior starts to care less and less about school and wishes for everything to be over already.

Symptoms may include: an unusual amount of “sick days,” loss of homework, shortened attention span, frequent rolling of the eyes, prolonged due dates, and excessive Fortnite playing.

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Some seniors have come down with “Senioritis.”

Northwood is now well into the third and final trimester, and for many seniors, school is the last thing on their minds. With graduation, going to college, getting a job, starting a family, having kids, and becoming an adult to look forward to, they lose interest in studying and become rather lazy.

To learn how Northwood students are fighting (or happily accepting) Senioritis, I asked several Northwood seniors how they have kept themselves productive during their final few months at Northwood.

Cole Leal ‘19 said, “To be honest, it’s tough to continue working as hard as I have in the past few years. And I’m sure that all [seniors] are ready to get out of here.” He added, “Sort of luckily for me though, I don’t know right now where I’m going to college, as I’m going to play junior hockey after this year. This gives me a reason to keep my grades up as best as I can so that I can keep all of my options open going forward.”

Alexander Ray ‘19 said, “Towards the end of the year, it’s always a bit tough to stay on track with school, but my advice to all of the other seniors at Northwood is to just keep grinding because no matter what, grades are always important to maintain.”

Post-Graduate Alex Van Schalkwyk ‘19 is actively trying to fight off Senioritis. Van Schalkwyk said, “I am feeling [Senioritis] a bit. However, I know there isn’t too long to go, so I’m going to stay motivated to finish this life test rather strongly. Regarding my grades, I’m as concerned with my grades right now as I was at the start of the year, mainly because the school that I want to go to, Dartmouth, is still monitoring my grades. I have to keep my grades up to keep the admissions office there happy.”

I reached out to five other Northwood seniors via text message, and all of them told me that they would get back to me very soon, but none of them ever did. I suppose that Senioritis is already in full force at this school.

Of course grades are always very important, but it’s also hard to blame the seniors for this drop in attentiveness. After all, they have been in school since they were four or five years old. As the 2018-2019 academic year is winding down to its end, and seniors begin to see the light at the end of their tunnels, it’s understandable why some seniors try to just take a knee and run out the clock.

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A Visual Representation of Seniors This Last Trimester

But what Northwood seniors do need to keep in mind is that Graduation Day is still a long way away. Up until that day, why not push through to the end of their high school lives and make their time well spent?


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