Sleeping in until noon, never showing up to class and getting away with anything sounds like a nice life.
This resembles what most think is the life of a senior.
Many misconceptions about seniors, whether in high school or college, exist, but not many ring true.
Though most of us exhibit some sort of “senioritis,” a term used to describe a condition that affects seniors with symptoms of laziness, lack of studying, repeated absences and a dismissive attitude, not all seniors are the same.
Senioritis affects each senior in a different way or may not occur at all, but this does not mean we are all apathetic. We also attend classes and face numerous pressures.
While it may seem like seniors are lazy and do not care about their last semester or last year, this is untrue.
Actually, seniors still have the same responsibilities, if not more, as underclassmen. We still have classes, jobs and maintain social lives. Some seniors even have internships or senior seminar classes they must fulfill to graduate.
Most seniors do not have the time for apathy. We are too busy preparing to graduate and most still genuinely care about their grades and classes.
Another myth is the fact we no longer attend class our senior year. Seniors are required to attend the same amount of classes as the rest of the student body.
Many seniors are preparing to attend a form of higher education in which their transcripts are very important. Transcripts include attendance and grades all the way through the last semester.
Even those going straight into the workforce rely on professor recommendations reflecting the effect put into the class by the student.
Seniors also face added stresses that do not affect underclassmen.
Along with finishing classes, internships, portfolios and anything else they must do before their graduation date, seniors have the stress of finding a job.
Even those going onto forms of higher education must prepare applications as well as finding a job.
Underclassmen also encounter the stresses of school and non-curricular lives, though becoming a senior heightens these stresses. The pressures seniors face makes it almost impossible to sleep to late hours of the day or skip classes.
Like many other students, seniors are striving toward something, though for us it is much closer than for others.
Senioritis is a disease that affects many approaching graduation, but does not lead to utter apathy, absence or a life of ease.