Do you have senioritis?


February 21, 2011|BY DEVON JACOBS | Pulse correspondent
  • Bored and restless? Counting down the days to graduation? You might have senioritis.
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Senioritis: usually a crippling disease for high school seniors.

Symptoms are dismissive attitudes, laziness, lack of motivation and repeated absences.

The important thing about senioritis is something that most people overlook: There is a cure.

The cure doesn't do a thing for senioritis directly, however, it counteracts the symptoms, which eventually kills this high school disease.

Senioritis starts after the new year, with the students looking toward graduation. The student becomes exhausted from the responsibilities, expenses, applications and jobs he or she is expected to complete.

The first thing the student needs to do is acknowledge they are suffering from senioritis. This acknowledgment helps the senior find the motivation to overcome it.

The second step that needs to be taken is realizing this is a natural part of a teenager's life. Most everyone experiences it at one point in their lives and it is perfectly normal. Understanding that senioritis is a mental attitude, not physical inability  — or something to that effect — will help the senior move past this obstacle.

Taking a day to collect yourself, take deep breaths and organize the work you need to complete is a good way to help fight senioritis.

Because senioritis is really about a good attitude, it can be overcome. Make yourself a schedule for the activities you are involved in, perhaps even cut out some of your daily activities if they aren't as important as others.

Getting your priorities in order will also help to exterminate senioritis; choosing what's important and what's not.

Let's redefine senioritis now: exhaustion developed in overworked seniors can be simply overcome by a change in attitude and a day to breathe.

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