Senioritis: A Spring Epidemic Explained… Sort of.


Senior Niko Sanchez sits with his legs crossed and plays with his cell phone in front of a blank computer screen during a class on May 3, 2013, at The Avalon School in Gaithersburg, Md.

Since the beginning of the year senior students around the world have gradually become lazier with each passing quarter.

Senioritis, a disease that affects the hippocampus and frontal lobe of the brain, hits hardest around this time of year for high school seniors in all schools. The Avalon School is no exception.

Senioritis symptoms include extreme laziness, refusing to do homework, ignoring teachers during class and bad test scores. So far no student is immune to this disease, and there is no way to doge it.

The only way to contract it is to suffer be in the last year of high school after three long quarters. People have made fun of this infection by such means as of mocking it in a song just like The Avalon and Brookwood’s gala known as “Senioritis (a most infectious disease)”

To senior students at the Avalon School find even the most mundane tasks excruciatingly hard; these tasks vary from homework, exercise, chores, studying, test/quiz taking, and even answering questions for a newspaper.

But does Senioritis only affect schoolwork or does it also affect home life?

Senior Billy Kantor recently reflected on his final quarter at The Avalon School, “I don’t do nothing.”

This response is an average feeling around Black Knight country. Some students will not do anything at all when they get home. Senioritis drains people of all their energy, not even the brightest students can escape its wrath.

Patrick Stoll, a University of Maryland prospective student, is known as one of the smartest kids in the class, and even though he tries his best to keep his grades up, when he gets home all he does is take a nap.

Stoll’s parents tell him to tough it out and do his best to pass the year with all his grades above a B.

The feeling is mutual among parents of senior students, having suffered from senioritis themselves, so there are more leniencies then one would expect.

Interestingly, a small faction of teachers, just like parents, understand what the students are going through and are lenient with homework and tests. However, there are other teachers who go to the opposite extreme.

These instructors decided that the best way to work with students of the senioritis is to force them to do more work. These teachers will remain unnamed in fear that the realization of this will make them give more work.

Still, Senioritis effects students in many different ways; some will not do any school work or homework, others refuse to do school work but help at home and others just do there hardest to do the most work possible but fall the fastest.

With finals coming up, Senioritis kicks into high gear. The feeling though is mixed between students; there are those who want to fall behind, kick up their feet and do nothing. Others will try their hardest and try to get great grades in the upcoming finals. Not to mention that almost all seniors are counting down the few days left in the school year before they are finished with high school.

Advanced Placement (AP) students will have to work extra hard to overcome Senioritis this week because the finals for these extra hard courses are next week.

Final exams will not happen for another two weeks though, and most students plan to wait till the final week or maybe the final days to start studying.

Seniors pray that the teachers are lenient in their tests and do not make them impossible obstacles on the way to college.

The Avalon School’s graduation is set for May 24, and never in Avalon history has there been a senior class of this size.

This article was delayed one week thanks to the contribution from the Senioritis disease.

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