Get well soon, seniors


Vincent Baker

Senior Vincent Baker smiles in his front yard after receiving his early decision acceptance to the University of South Carolina on Dec. 14, 2022.

As the latter half of senior year approaches, more and more soon-to-be grads have caught senioritis. 

Senioritis is characterized as a decline in motivation and performance by students in their final year of high school, according to Oxford Languages. 

After freshman year being cut short, sophomore year spent behind a computer screen, and junior year setting the tone for the future, seniors experience a state of burn out.

“There is definitely a level of exhaustion that you start to see,” said AP Government and Politics teacher Darcy Pohl, who only teaches seniors.

It can be tedious for seniors who have already received their decisions to continue to keep their integrity in school.

“It is challenging staying focused in a classroom environment after I have been accepted into college, but it is definitely still worth giving the classwork your all,” said senior Vincent Baker, who plans on attending the University of South Carolina this fall.

Many seniors remain devoted to maintaining a good grade point average as they await their college acceptances. 

Senior Emerson Hundley anticipates her regular decision acceptance from James Madison University, but still experiences a level of exhaustion.

“I’m so tired all the time,” said Emerson. “I wish I could have that sense of relief that everyone else is getting with their acceptances. It’s like once you get in, you can kind of relax a little.”

While senior year comes to a close and many feel unmotivated, many events follow the coming months. Seniors have the opportunity to enjoy prom, senior assassin, graduation and a trundle of celebrations for the 12 years of hard work throughout their school-age careers.

“One of the best tricks for combating senioritis is having a strong and positive mindset,” said Vincent. “We are coming to the end of the year.”