“Senioritis” is considered a common affiliation that senior contract toward the end of the year. Some teachers and students believe that this mental process is contrived. Others view the lack of motivation toward school as a real affliction. 

According to the Northwood Omniscient study, 78 percent of students suffer from senioritis. Many teachers have witnessed their students experience it, and some even empathize.

Math educator Dr. Karen Harvel said: “Not every student suffers from senioritis, yet teachers should listen and be considerate by pausing your energy that are preparing for the real world that need guidance from us teachers to keep them motivated to succeed.”

Renaissance students Edward Brown (left) and Jalen Dunham (right) are trying to survive senioritis. 

Senior and athlete Edward Brown said he has senioritis.

“Those who are going through it may suffer from their grades slipping or feeling as if school is unnecessary,” he said.

His advice: “Stick it through…if you can finish out strong, then you can finish college strong.”

Senior Jalen Dunham said, “Staying organized, motivated and looking forward to the end goal” will help students survive senioritis.

Recognizing the consequences may also be important. Along with missing school, those with senioritis face other challenges. “Just chilling” jeopardizes one’s GPA, you can also lose relationships and friendships, for example.

“I believe you can honestly have senioritis and still manage your grades and relationships. You just need a balance,” said Brown.

Some teachers say seniors are responsible for balancing their work and life. 

“You should never let your grades get below a C. If you do miss a lot of school, always make sure you get your work excused or make sure that you make it up if you can,” said Charlene Highsaw, RHS social studies teacher.

“Students usually end up having their lowest GPA their last semester of high school, which can lead to a recession letter, which is very frightening,” said Kerry Williams, RHS senior anatomy and physiology teacher.