Signs and Symptoms of Senioritis [Self-Diagnosis] ft. Snap Chat

It happens to all of us. For some, early. For some, just on time. I present to you… *drum roll please* … a guide to the dreadfully life-consuming Senioritis.

What is Senioritis?

Senioritis is a disease characterized by the lack of motivation and ambition in a student during his or her last year of high school. After being accepted into a college, a senior has no reason to try particularly hard in school because, well, what does it matter?

Whom does it affect?

Studies show that Senioritis affects 99% of high school students entering their senior year. Some juniors have been diagnosed with the disease, as have some sophomores.

What are the symptoms of Senioritis?

Well, I’m glad you asked! Here are some common symptoms with supplementary real-life photos, which were donated by real-life victims.

Stage #1: The student can’t wait to escape from high school. Any and all objects, concepts, or conversations relating to school begin to result in symptoms such as eye-rolling, sighing, quick outbursts, or even the occasional tear…

all you wanna do is get through this one last year

instead of doing your work, you instead tell other people how much you don't want to do your work

lack of tolerance to extreme temperatures

every day you spend at school, you become more and more like grumpy cat

…and every week becomes a long week.

every week becomes a long week

 Stage #2: The student accepts that he/she must, in fact, endure the remaining months of torture. The student finds a coping mechanism. In my personal experience, I’ve found the creation and sharing of corny puns has been a common method.

...because the corny puns scare your friends away

corny puns become your best friend

corny puns become your best... and only friend

PUNS RUIN YOUR LIFE I AM NOT JOKING (you know if the puns get worse and more abundant then the disease is becoming more serious)

stoppp it's not just me ok

Pro Tip: Never, ever, EVER, at any cost, try to exploit the student’s coping mechanism. It will only worsen the behavior and result in a delayed recovery.

ok these corny and cheesy jokes really do start to consume your life

Stage #3: After a while of groping for a handle on life during stage #2, the student begins to embrace life and uncover his/her true identity. 

after completely losing your mind, you begin to realize who you really areand you realize who you've become

Stage #4: Your friends become so confused about your behavior that you begin to befriend your cat. Not out of desperation, but because you want to.

and you find out you're only friends with your cat at this point

If the student doesn’t have a cat, then imaginary friends are always an option.

hate to break it to youeveryone has them, don't pretend they're not there

so the only friends you have left are your imaginary friends

so the only friends you have left are your imaginary oness

Step #5: After the student has accepted who he/she has become, the student will begin to recognize the Senioritis epidemic in his/her peers…

on graduation day, you realize you're not ready to be a graduate

when you take advantage of any and all free time you've got to do what's important

you begin judging people for their remaining ambition

…and the student considers anyone who has his/her life together at this point as a supernatural being whom you are too far gone to attempt to follow in the path of.

you begin to think that anyone who has their life together at this point is a supernatural person whom you are too far gone to attempt to follow in the path of

Step #6: After the student realizes that there is no hope of regaining the lost ambition from earlier on in the year, the student begins to embrace what life has come to with open arms. This may include increased consumption of as much food as possible,

you eat as much food as you can get

throwing away all aspirations to be photogenic and embracing how he/she is meant to look,

you embrace your flaws

realizing that everybody makes mistakes (everybody has those days),

you realize that everybody makes mistakes and that everybody has those days

enjoying the spontaneity that parents bring to life rather than criticizing them and condemning them as “embarrassing,”

when you no longer see your parents as embarassing but you start to love them as people

beginning to replace the word “angry” with “salty” or “sassy,”

when we bother people, we laugh off their annoyance and label it as sass

wanting to look presentable not because the student wishes to impress his/her peers, but because the student wishes to feel self-confident…

the only reason you dress nicely is to take selfies, not to impress boys

(or perhaps because it wasn’t a choice),

if it weren't for your parents, you wouldn't be trying to look good at all

seeing school more as a “laughing matter” than anything,

instead of doing school work, you laugh at school work

beginning to lose sight of the blurred line between “hate” and “love” because it’s all the same at this point,

you begin to love even your worst enemies

and capturing the everyday norms of your friends simply because you can…

you begin to snipe your friends when they do ordinary things because you've completely lost your mind

…but in the end, the student realizes that it’s important to support his/her friends through such a time of need for mutual understanding.

you trust your friends more than anything; you begin to carry each other

Stage #7: The student finds out that seniors from other high schools are graduating before he/she will, catapulting the student into a state of frenzy, confusion, and slight aversion.

then, when other schools end earlier than yours, the claws come out (but at least you're starting to care about something again!)

Step #8: But when graduation day finally rolls around, the student will not stop smiling!

but once it's over, you can't stop smiling

How can I prevent it?

The answer is simple: you can’t.

Okay, then how to I cure it?

The antidote to Senioritis is graduation. Once a diseased student graduates from high school, he or she will be consumed by the excitement of starting college.

I hope this informational session has helped you diagnose yourself or a loved one with this highly contagious disease. It’s important to spread awareness so students know that they’re not alone in this time of darkness, and that it does, in fact, get better.

Thank you for reading, and best of luck with your future senior endeavors.

Carly 🙂

Photography: All photographs represent real-life situations of seniors who suffered of Senioritis. We are here to tell you: it does get better! Never lose hope, and keep fighting till the very end. Good luck!




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