Senioritis strikes RBHS

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art by Stephanie Kang

Grace Vance

When second semester senior year came, senioritis had hit the halls like the common flu.
I’ve walked through the familiar south entrance doors of RBHS, up the stairs and to my resting nook in the main commons.
Encompassed by my friends, every day I’ve noticed the lack of motivation. It is evident that senioritis has taken its toll on many, if not all, seniors, whether it’s hair, homework or clothes.
There comes a point in every senior’s life when the ability to care runs dry. Instead of focusing on the books, I’ve engaged my attention on the bare essential of getting by while counting down the days to graduation. I have spent more time planning for graduation than I have writing papers.
I have spent less time on appearance and more on sleep. Furthermore, I no longer feel the need to be a part of the social atmosphere every weekend— instead I take it easy and relax.
As the days dwindle down, so has my motivation. At this point in the year, my hard work has already paid off.
I’ve been accepted into a university, have secured scholarship money and plan to work part time to pay for both the luxuries and the necessities I can help my parents cover. With my whole life ahead of me, I’ve focused on anything but school work.
There’s comfort in knowing that other seniors are facing this, too. But the fact that they are is part of the problem.
I often find myself feeding off of my friends’ procrastination. Is my lack of motivation derived from theirs? Or do I truly have my own case?
With my experience with senioritis, I believe there is a silver lining in having dealt with it. Surprisingly, seniorities has taught me many things that do not only have to do with my academic pursuits, but my life as a whole.
As I enter into my college career and professional existence, senioritis has taught me that it is important to manage time, despite what everyone in high school was doing around me. However, while school work is important and should be taken seriously, there should also be time to live for yourself.
Devoting time to studying is just as important as spending time with family and friends. It is never healthy to worry, especially during your senior year. High school is a once in a lifetime experience, so strive for nothing but academic excellence.
As the final day of high school rapidly approaches, senioritis affects us all. However, overcoming senioritis is possible, and there is a surefire way to make senior year the best without the stress of falling behind.
By Ron’Zena Hill
art by Stephanie Kang