Ah, senioritis. The condition that afflicts high school seniors everywhere, causing them to lose all motivation to do anything school-related. It’s a serious epidemic, folks. And if you’re a senior, chances are you’ve already caught it. I know I have and it’s kicking my butt.

So what exactly is senioritis? Well, it’s kind of like a pennywise crawling out of the sewer to terrorize people but instead of a murderous clown it’s a disease riddling seniors every year when graduation is a couple months away. Symptoms may include chronic procrastination, an intense desire to sleep in every day, saying “I just want to graduate now” at least 5 times a day and a general lack of interest in anything that has to do with school. You know you have senioritis when the thought of doing homework makes you physically ill. When you’d rather binge-watch Netflix than study for your upcoming finals. 

But fear not, you’re not alone in your struggle but you gotta make it count. Senioritis is a rite of passage, a sign that you’re almost done with high school and ready to move on to bigger and better things. It’s a reminder to enjoy your last few months of high school before you have to start adulting for real. Sure, it’s great to be able to coast through the last few months of high school, but it can also lead to some not-so-great consequences. Like, say, failing your classes and not being able to graduate. And if that happens you did all this for what… nothing, so get your shit together people!

So what’s a senior to do? How do you navigate the treacherous waters of senioritis without completely tanking your GPA? Well, first of all, you need to find some motivation. Maybe it’s the thought of finally being able to move out of your parents’ house, or the excitement of starting college in the fall. Whatever it is, find something that inspires you to keep pushing through.

Secondly, you need to prioritize. Sure, you could spend all day scrolling through TikTok, but maybe you should spend an hour or two studying for that math final you have on Friday instead (not calling anyone in particular out). It’s all about finding a balance between enjoying your senior year and still putting in the work to graduate.

And finally, remember that senioritis is temporary. It may feel like you’ll never want to do anything school-related ever again, but eventually, you’ll get your motivation back. Until then, just keep reminding yourself that graduation is right around the corner, we did it!!