The Endemic

Unfortunately, there is an endemic that is sweeping over the seniors in ISM. Its tendrils are slowly, but surely, grasping all 12th graders within its reach. Is it the measles? The “b14ck” plague? The chicken pox?

No, it’s Senioritis.

Senioritis is a “disease” that strikes high school seniors. The symptoms of this illness are laziness, a lack of studying, and a sudden dip in one’s PowerSchool grades. But are seniors entitled to a semester of “slacking-off” after a year and a half of battling the IB?

12th Grader Joy Yuen likens it to “your immune system just [collapsing] … all these Senioritis cells start to attack your body.” Even the best of us, it seems, are no match to this force. Seniors are not blind to the negative outcomes that emerge from Senioritis, however; Steffi Del Rosario states “one of the things that has actually helped me stay a little more motivated is the fear that colleges will revoke my acceptance if my grades drop significantly.” It also seems that freshmen are familiar with this grade specific sicknesses. Sofia Jimenez is the younger sister of a senior who, she claims, has Senioritis. But Sofia believes, “It hasn’t necessarily affected [her sister’s] performance in school.” Perhaps some cases of Senioritis are stronger, or weaker, than others.

Teachers, too, are no strangers to this common ailment. Biology teacher Mr. Conte believes that seniors are particularly susceptible to this disease because “they can see the light at the end of the tunnel!” Art teacher Mr. Kucharski also takes on a bold stance, and believes that “[Senioritis] is a simple matter of laziness.” He explains “seniors are experienced enough to make choices, and often a senior will be less active in their class because they’ve made a choice to be more active in others.” Perhaps Senioritis could be considered a blessing because it helps people realize where their true interests lie.

Although extremely prominent, Senioritis cannot be held culpable for everything. Isabel Benares, a self-proclaimed victim of this illness, hints that, perhaps, Senioritis’s powers are limited. She says that “[she] still wants to learn, [she] still wants to make [her] teachers proud, and, [she] still wants to keep her council on point.” But because Senioritis is seemingly inevitable, it may be time to start welcoming it by utilizing it as a personal “yellow brick road” to show seniors alike where their true passions lie.

Article Written by: Danielle Limcaoco, 11

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