Senioritis: Afflictions of the Class of 2017

As the first semester of the 2016-2017 school year is winding down, senioritis is taking full impact. Students throughout the senior class are finding it hard to continue their studies due to the easily contractible mindset of senioritis.

What is senioritis you may ask? According to Google, senioritis is a supposed affliction of students in their final year of high school or college, characterized by a decline in motivation or performance.

Seniors Amber LeGrande and Henry Schmidt can attest to the true havoc that senioritis wreaks. “Awhile ago, my volleyball team had a sub-district game. I didn’t get home until late, by the time I sat down to do my homework I didn’t feel like doing any of it. So I went to bed, and I woke up and remembered I had a whole government paper to write, so I quickly threw something together.” Amber stated. This is true for the many seniors at Lincoln Lutheran who are student athletes.

One class that Lincoln Lutheran Seniors suffer senioritis from continually is U.S. Government. Mr. Bassett teaches the semester long class, and hammers facts and systems of the United States government into the minds of seniors every year before graduation in the spring. Because the class is only a semester long, there is quite a bit of work that goes along with it. Senior Henry Schmidt had this to say about the class: “I have purposely skipped out on doing government quizzes. They are worth 10 formative points and I get assigned about 30,000 of them, so I choose my battles. If I have an summative English to do, and a formative Government quiz, I think it’s easy to assume which assignment I will be doing.”

Senioritis is a true epidemic that needs to be aided. Amber LeGrande weighed in with her solution to the problem by stating “I think we can fix this problem by teachers assigning less busy work, and helping seniors see the light at the end of the tunnel also known as graduation day.”

Henry Schmidt also gave his opinion on the topic saying “make government not be a required course to graduate, and spare yourself by not taking it.”