How to deal with senioritis

Daniella Espinoza, Editor-in-Chief

Warning: The following article is satirical and not meant to be taken seriously. The tips listed may (but are not guaranteed to) help you. If you believe you have been contaminated with Senioritis get help before your grades suffer the consequences. 

To start things off, senioritis is real, and I am willing to debate on behalf of all seniors who are currently suffering from it. Urban Dictionary defines Senioritis as “A disease affecting mostly high school seniors.” Symptoms include laziness, procrastinating on assignments (more than usual), stress, and panic that revolves around college admissions.” 

I know what you may be thinking, “How does one get senioritis?” It’s simple, senior year during a GLOBAL PANDEMIC helps a lot. Once you get accepted into a school there’s a feeling of relief, followed by eagerness to graduate and start a new chapter in your life. I got accepted into my top school in October (Go Hokies!), so in my case, senioritis came by a little too early. Below are some tips I have been using to not let senioritis get the best of me while having school during a global pandemic.

  1. Make a to-do list or have a planner

If you write down your assignments in the order you’re supposed to do them in, you get a satisfactory feeling when you cross things off. 

2. Think about college

Although being accepted into college is very exciting (since you know where you’re going) remember that schools do require a final transcript, which means they can easily take back their offer. 

3. Set alarms

Having alarms set for Google Meets and even alarms for breaks can help shorten those days that feel like they last forever.
Tip: taking small breaks in between assignments makes them feel less time consuming

4. Put your phone in another room

I will admit there have been times when a teacher has been going over an assignment and I was on my phone and I got called on and was clueless. So do yourself a favor and put your phone in another room… or at least set it to “Do not disturb” and out of your reach. 

5. Communicate with teachers

You’re not the only one struggling during this time! Teachers may also lack motivation if all they see during their class is a screen with circles and letters. So if there’s a day when you need a mental break, email your teachers and let them know. They care about you and are willing to work with you. 

While senioritis is very difficult to overcome it isn’t impossible. The deadline for this article was mid-February, it is now March, so as you can see I have come down with a case of senioritis. However, some of the tips listed above genuinely helped me get it together and they may help you as well.