Senioritis is a dreaded disease that afflicts seniors in high schools everywhere. Symptoms can include excessive sleeping, lack of motivation, piles of late work and skipping classes.
I’m sure many adults in Tooele County can look back fondly on the days when they were so close to graduating and yet, they still had to attend school. Some things will always be timeless and senioritis is one of them.
With that being said, I have a confession to make: I have senioritis. For those of you who don’t remember what it’s like to be a senior, it goes like this.
Most days I’m dragging my behind out of bed to make it to school on time. The snooze button has become my best friend and the alarm clock, my enemy. I stay up late working on college applications and dreaming of the day when I don’t have to take required classes anymore. Then, when I wake up, my hair looks like a tornado went through it and I am usually mid-snore.
I shuffle my way to school, fighting all of the traffic, which has not been easy with the Main Street construction. I join the other kids, looking like a roadkill rabbit among a bunch of cute, fluffy bunnies; it’s no wonder I don’t have a boyfriend. I get my homework and head home, again fighting the traffic and trying not to get hit by some kid jamming out to music.
After flopping on my bed like a dying fish in the most dramatic way possible, I get up and hunt for food while, procrastinating the inevitable homework that is lingering in my mind. I eat and eat and eat while watching my favorite episodes of “Cupcake Wars,” which just makes me want to eat more.
So I do.
Then, like the typical teenage girl that I am, I text my friends — like I haven’t just seen them for six hours at school. I do my chores while complaining to my mom about dramatic encounters I had that day, still procrastinating my homework.
At the last minute, I finally decide to do my homework. I am half-asleep by that time and more than asleep mentally. Then, even though it is clearly my fault, I curse the school system for giving out homework and stumble into my bed to repeat the cycle the next day.
Now that I am into this funk, I find it hard to want to go to school to receive the education that will determine the rest of my life. (Having a boyfriend would be much easier). Only the thoughts of college acceptances and scholarships coax me from my death-like slumber. Even then, it is still a daily struggle.
Senioritis affects more than 700 seniors in Tooele County today. That is seven out of every 610 people, and over half of the residents of the county have previously suffered from it. So the next time you see some teenager half-asleep and looking confused, be a little more kind; they might just be suffering from senioritis.
Or, it’s me.
Peatross is a senior at Tooele High School.