Senioritis: A Growing Epidemic


NMHS seniors paint the field house, an annual tradition.

Natalie Benoit, Co-Editor

Every year, the infamous “epidemic” of overwhelming laziness and an “end of the school year” attitude affects a majority of senior students across the country. Often times, seniors who have finally sent in their college deposit also see it as a time to give up or stop trying in their high school classes. This leads to academic shortcomings and issues with teachers and staff members of their school. Here at the New Milford High School, we are no exception.

If you ask NMHS seniors now, many will admit to showing little to no effort in their classes. Combine the assurance of a college acceptance with the end of AP testing and the exciting events awaiting in June, there are only a few seniors still trying in school.

“We’re so close to graduating and leaving high school, that we feel like we don’t need to do any work,” claims Marc Mandap (’17).

Valeria Syanchuk (’17) argues that senioritis “is not really a problem if its the fourth quarter. We’re seniors, we really shouldn’t have to do anything.”

It is clear that many seniors at NMHS feel entitled to this idea of taking off in their academic responsibilities since “we’ve put in the work for four years.”

Eleventh and twelfth grade English and film teacher, Joanna Westbrook asserts, “I try to engage students on a level where they’re thinking about what’s next and how seniors, especially, can leave nicely. Senioritis isn’t about turning outward, it’s about laziness, and kids use it as an excuse. I don’t think it’s a problem in my class, but as a teacher you also have to recognize the audience and what it is they’re concerned with.” Westbrook continued with explaining how the type of assignments seniors are given should be relevant to what is going on in their lives at the moment.

Writer for the Huffington Post, Kat Cohen, tells of how senioritis can affect college acceptances. She writes, “if a student gets into a highly selective college, then drops from an A to a C or D average spring semester, that college will seriously reconsider if that student is prepared for college in the fall.”

Cohen also explains how if the student’s acceptance is not rescinded, they still might be put on academic probation and undergo additional stress during their first semester of college.

So what is the cure for senioritis? Another article on the Huffington Post claims there are 7 essential tips to follow or keep in mind to successfully combat the epidemic. Some tips include remembering the overlooked consequences involving college and keeping in mind there are only a few weeks left in the school year, so just give it your all. The article also suggests to”consider your parents,” take the opportunity “to become a better you,” keep a weekly checklist, sleep enough and remember that most seniors experience senioritis so be prepared to fight it!