It’s not a surprise to see seniors streaming in and out of consciousness during the last block of the day, or really any block of the day. It’s not uncommon to see the symbolic breakfree of students by coming to school in college sweatshirts, non-school regulated school shorts, and sandals. It’s in fact quite routine for seniors to run into class ten minutes late without having done their homework, yet not even caring about the consequences. This is a lifestyle.
“Senioritis” is the term to describe the series of events above. More specifically, “senioritis” is defined by Wikipedia as “a colloquial term mainly used in the United States and Canada to describe the decreased motivation toward studies displayed by students who are nearing the end of their high school [senior year].” It’s only the beginning of the school year, and quite a few seniors at Singapore American School (SAS) have started to actively exhibit their symptoms of this disease.
Senioritis is a global syndrome. “Millions of high school seniors have contracted and are in the throes of senioritis,” according to Huffington Post’s The Terrible Case of Senioritis. Wikipedia’s definition may say that it is a term mainly used in America, but clearly, senioritis has drifted its way across the pacific to the tiny island of Singapore. In fact, it’s been creeping its way and making a presence into the lives of senior students at SAS.
“Contraction” of this syndrome usually comes from over exhaustion coupled with the senior-specific search for a viable excuse. Maybe it’s from the combined three years worth of taking notes, listening to lectures, last minute studying for tests, working on projects, meeting deadlines, going to tuition (out of school tutoring for specific subjects), coming home at 7pm from sports, and waking up after what seems like five minutes of solid sleep. Or maybe it’s the overwhelming stress from college applications that exceeds the capacity of what seniors can mentally and emotionally handle.
Just when stress levels reach a peak, seniors have a revelation– their mind flips a switch and suddenly they disregard all the responsibilities of being a student. Is senioritis an innate disease that gradually flowers as high school students reach their last year? Or is it a contagious syndrome that spreads profusely from one student to another? Is senioritis even a disease? Maybe it’s just a cheap excuse to exonerate seniors from the repercussions of slacking off.
Senior Austin Lee believes, “Senioritis occurs in people who have already worked hard for that last 3 years in high school. They know that they are going to make it into college so they don’t have to work as hard now.” Because this syndrome procures based on an individual’s performance, “it is not contagious.”
Taking a more critical stance , senior Toorno Mishra says that “Senioritis is simply just an excuse for seniors to have a nonchalant attitude towards school.” The general feeling of apathy definitely rubs off from senior to senior. At this point, there is nothing that can stall this contagious diffusion.
Whether senioritis is a global syndrome that should be taken seriously, or if it’s a rationale for seniors to be sloppy, we can all agree that it is prevalent in school. Supposedly, this syndrome only starts after second semester, but it is clear that this isn’t the case for seniors of SAS. It’s only been a month into school, and our seniors have made it clear about their diagnosis of this disease. Ultimately, college admission and a walk down the aisle at Graduation may be the only known cures as of now.