Senior year is full of responsibility and deadlines.  Captain of a team, president of a club, homework, scholarship applications, and college decisions are too much to handle and eventually you will just want to say: what the French toast!  Second semester can only mean one thing for seniors: developing a not so rare case of a highly contagious condition: senioritis.

The hardest thing to do as a senior is to avoid couch potato status.  You want to instead find yourself happily in the middle of over achiever and slacker.  This is what I call minimum efficiency.  Is an 85 different than a 92? Absolutely not.  We have been threatened numerous times by parents, teachers, and counselors telling us our acceptance letters will be taken back if we slack.  Well my friends, this is a lie.  Granted, if you go from straight A’s to D’s or find yourself in prison, your acceptance may be in jeopardy.  Failing to do a few homework assignments is okay, failing a class is not.

Studying pays off for seniors Dallas Reid (l) and Brent Schlesman.

Studying pays off for seniors Dallas Reid and Brent Schlesman.

The symptoms of senioritis include a lazy, dismissive attitude.  A feeling of ‘this doesn’t matter’ is prevalent and an increased lack of restraint for shouting emerges. The impulse to tell people how you really feel about them with no remorse is hard to fight, and “rough” draft gets a whole new meaning.  College t-shirts are worn daily as GHS spirit wears slowly creeps to the back of your drawers.  You may find yourself often saying: “I can’t wait to get out of Godwin and meet all new friends!” But then you realize you’re going to JMU.

Seniors Curt Kennedy (l) and AB Rhodes

Seniors Curt Kennedy (l) and AB Rhodes

Some juniors may think you also have senioritis…you don’t.  You are simply lazy and looking for an excuse not to do work.  Your time will come, but until then hit the books because it’s crunch time.

Seniors utilizing their school computers for a study session.

Seniors utilizing their school computers for a study session.

The differences between freshmen and seniors are simple:

Freshman: I’ll have so much freedom next year when I get my license.

Senior: I’ll have so much freedom next year when I live by myself.

Freshmen: I just want everyone to like me.

Seniors: You son of a biscuit eating bulldog!

Freshmen’s mom: I’ll pick you up at 10!

Senior’s mom: Where’s Beth? (2 a.m.)

Freshmen: I hope I get Mrs. Turner for English next year.

Senior: What school am I even going to be at next year?

Freshman: All the senior boys are so dreamy!

Senior: My friends are ugly.

If you do find yourself capable of attending school five days a week, the best places for catching a nap at Godwin are any rooms that harbor a couch.  For example, the center lounge (but beware: if you are not a center kid, they will sense it). The publications room (beware of angry bald man-he doesn’t like outsiders in the publications room- perhaps you can get by if you bring a blanket to cover your face), and any teacher’s lounge.

Senior Brent Schlesman naps in the publications room after a taxing lunch period.

Senior Brent Schlesman naps in the publications room after a taxing lunch period.

Remember: senioritis is highly contagious and everyone will eventually come down with it.  When you find yourself binging on multiple seasons of Netflix at a time, you don’t have long until you are fully diagnosed.  The only cure for this epidemic is graduation, which is approximately 89 days away.

Countdown:

http://www.timeanddate.com/countdown/generic?iso=20140612T11&p0=212

Administration attempts to contain senior skipping.

Administration attempts to contain senior skipping.

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