The Effects of Senioritis on the Behavior of High School Seniors


Conor Smith, Crown Staff


Senioritis is a disease commonly found in youths between the ages of 17 and 18 who are in their fourth year of high school. It is easily spread from person to person through communication (talking, texting, just overall speaking on the topic of school). The condition gets worse as the person stays in the high school environment and proceeds to do schoolwork. At first, it starts out with simple procrastination, where the affected puts off doing work until the late the night before or during the class the day it is due. Then it gets worse, where the procrastination is very deeply rooted in behavior, to where the affected do the homework after the day it is due and gets the late grade. Even later on, usually during late second quarter and early third quarter, the affected do late work simply for the minimum points allowed so they barely pass. The final and most severe instance of Senioritis occurs when the procrastination turns into neglect of work, where the affected just does no work and sleeps in class. The only cure for this deadly disease is graduation.

Methods of Data Collection

Over the years, high school administrators and teachers have been studying the effects of Senioritis. On the study of students behavior, teachers have attempted to test the effects of the disease by giving varying amounts of homework over time to see if the main cause of Senioritis is indeed related to homework. One teacher, Mr. Widzisz attempts to relieve the symptoms of his students by trying to “include uplifting pieces of literature and inspirational poetry” and always “starting class with a smile and positive energy.” Administrators have done something similar but pertaining to the amount of days in school instead of the load of homework. It has also been found that the disease does not affect all students, meaning that the unaffected people continue to diligently do their school work to perfection all the way up to graduation, but such cases are either rare or end up being false reports. A final way to determine the severity of the disease within a person, is to ask them how their school work is going and then gauging how much they awkwardly laugh. To prove this, test subject Greg Salvi, when asked how he tried to combat Senioritis, simply laughed and walked away. Although, Greg is a special case because he says he has “worked so hard for this, and finally, all the blood sweat, and tears have finally paid off”. He is also a rare case because he states that his diagnosis of Senioritis first occurred in first grade, which is a truly unheard of case.


The results from the shifting levels of homework tests have proved that the amount of homework the affected individual receives does indeed play a key role in the severity of Senioritis. More homework does make the case more severe, especially  if large, prolonged projects are added to the mix. Alongside this, the amount of days spent in school also affect the severity; less days within the school environment improve the behavior of the affected, especially if there are long breaks, such as winter and spring breaks, thrown into the mix. This year’s reported number of cases seems to be at a high and getting higher as graduation approaches.