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					Shannon Courtney


With the sun shining and temperatures on the rise, the senioritis epidemic has returned with a
vengeance as the class of 2010’s anticipation for graduation floods Algonquin.

Now that the college application process is behind them, seniors have become focused on
creating lasting memories with their friends, while their academic motivation dwindles. This lack
of educational drive has often been referred to as senioritis.

 “It feels like college is just around the corner, and that can be very distracting for some
students” senior Brandon Eagle noticed after college acceptances found their way into mailboxes
throughout Northborough and Southborough.

Senior Jenna Colleran also found herself affected by the season as the first acceptances rolled
around.

“I still try to maintain the same work ethic that I had before, but I have started to be more relaxed
with my schoolwork” Colleran admitted.

Signs of senioritis are visible in numerous ways. Many students find themselves occupying their
time with social and recreational activities rather than doing homework. Others may wake up and
feel too lazy to go to school, or neglect to study for a test.

“The differences I notice are that the seniors seem to sleep in more and attend class less than
everyone else” junior Christopher Efstathion noted about seniors in his classes. “They tend to
study less for tests and generally care less about their performance.”

Despite these generalizations towards seniors, many believe they have risen above senioritis and
continue to work through May towards a successful college experience.

“My grades have always been important to me and high school is supposed to prepare us for
college, I would hate to fall into a poor pattern of study habits right before [then],” stated senior
Jodie Rollins.

Classmate Jon Bolstridge also has his future on the mind, as he is pursuing the honors program at
his college of choice next year.

“I am pushing myself to stay motivated and show my college I am dedicated,” explained
Bolstridge. “I think I have maintained about the same level of performance in school.”

However, the decrease in enthusiasm does not go unnoticed by teachers, who work hard to fight
back against it.
“I find that recognizing their struggles sometimes helps, but holding the line with students and
expecting them to continue working their hardest is what I have to do and that's what I tell
them,” said AP Psychology teacher Christina Smith.

Other teachers find ways to keep classes appealing to the students by capturing their interest.

For her AP Statistics class, math teacher Diane DeSantis assigns an outside project for the third
and fourth semesters. This way, her students can apply what they are learning as they explore it
in the real world.

“I also try to do a lot of fun activities in class that often involve food,” DeSantis joked.

Seniors may use senioritis, but underclassmen have no excuse for lack of motivation, especially
juniors. They are quickly reminded of the college process ahead of them which puts them back
on track.

“For most people junior year is the time to impress colleges and really try to get good grades, so
it is obviously much more difficult,” explained Eagle.

As the weather improves, juniors look towards their senior year with excitement and
anticipation.

“I think it will be a fun year where I will enjoy privileges as well as have less academic work,”
reflected Efstathion. “I see [senioritis] as a way of life that comes to everyone at some point. And
to the seniors, I say enjoy it.”

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