Senioritis (n): Inflammation of the senior

Shannan O'Neil, Editor-in-Chief

There is a plague among us, festering in our minds, blistering our souls, eating away at our insides. This notorious plague is known as Senioritis.

There are two strains of this infamous Senioritis: the A. strain which consists of students feeling the need to procrastinate and hold everything off until the very last minute but somehow manage to get it all done; then there’s the more serious strain, the one that I’ve been experiencing: The B. strain. The B. strain is awful. Students experiencing this strain feel the need to not do any of their work, and are perfectly ok with it. “I take Zyrtec for my Senioritis,” says Editor-in-Chief of The Warrior Lindsey Cohen.

Some common symptoms, besides severe procrastination, include (but are not limited to): the need to be with friends, the inability to wake up, intense hunger and weird cravings, being insanely cool, looking like a bum, the urge to take selfies, showing up to school late, drinking coffee, and many more symptoms have been reported.

Sounds horrible, right?

If you’re a senior (or even an underclassmen) and you’re having similar symptoms like this, you’re out of luck because I have no advice for you, this is simply an incurable toxin. However, I can add some relief to your life by letting you know you’re not alone.

“I get nauseous on Sundays thinking about the coming week,” says senior Dianna Albanese “I just simply have no motivation to do anything.”

If you just listen to the students talking in the hallways of Wantagh High School, all you can hear are the complaints of how tough school is. Opening Twitter first thing in the morning, you’ll read incessant tweets about the horrors of waking up every morning, and the constant pressure to get to school early to get a good parking spot if you’re a senior.

Teachers all over the high school are frustrated with their students. “Seniors are finished applying to colleges, they don’t need us to write recommendations and some are beginning that nefarious period of time where they decide to do absolutely nothing,” said Mr. Kravitz who teaches three senior English classes. “It’s frustrating. I keep reminding my seniors that it’s 2013. They are beginning college this year. Think and work to prepare for what’s ahead.”

That’s the problem. Many seniors have already heard from their top choice of colleges, like I have. A lot of these schools don’t check mid-year grades, though there are also many that do. In some cases you don’t realize they are looking at your grades. Either way, seniors have the “I’m done” mentality.

No amount of anti-inflammatories (or Zyrtec if you’re Lindsey Cohen) can fix Senioritis. Neurosurgeons, psychiatrists, and ENTs have all looked for the cure. It’s determined that there is no cure. But remember seniors, success doesn’t come to those who don’t do anything for it. Work hard!