Looking forward to college, but keeping away from the dreaded “senioritis”


Up next for the seniors is college – but that hasn’t taken away the focus of what’s still left in school – the dreaded senioritis.

Angel-Michelle Guajardo, Staff writer


Senioritis is known for many things such as the slacking disease, graduation fever, senior slide, and even the slump. What it truly means is a supposed affliction of students in their final year of high school or college, characterized by a decline in motivation or performance. It seems to hit them hard if they truly don’t know what they are doing with their lives when senioritis is around the corner.


Most adults, 30 and above, will like to argue with the fact that these students don’t have senioritis and they’re just making something up just to be lazy. This may be true, senioritis may not even exist but the thought and the feeling of not knowing what you might do in life after school is scary.


Some have confused senioritis with depression, mainly because they have similar symptoms: low energy, lots of naps, always generally confused, poor personal hygiene, acting completely different than the first semester, having trouble concentrating by always daydreaming, having deep trouble of getting out of bed in the morning, etc.


The big question about senioritis is not if it’s even real, but it’s how does it occur? Senioritis occurs for many reasons, a few of the best ones are fear of the unknown, sadness/denial, anticipation, convenience, and boredom.


It seems as if St. Joseph High School students aren’t letting themselves get hit with senioritis as bad as most other seniors are. Interviewing two students, different social groups of people, on how they would think senioritis makes them feel and on how they think they’ll do in the later years of life.


Jheloni Willis is a current St. Joseph senior who plays basketball, baseball, and football.. With all these sports that he’s playing, some would think that he doesn’t have much figured out but according to him, it seems to have proved a lot of students wrong.


He was asked if he thought that senioritis will hit him and if it did then will it cause an effect on him. He was also asked if he could share some advice on the upcoming seniors.


“Yes and no, I do believe that I will be hit with senioritis, but I don’t believe that it will cause a big effect on like most athletic students. Some advice that I will give to the upcoming seniors is to try to keep the distractions to a minimum and push through the finish line,” he said.


Coming from a man who has a passion for sports, some would say that he used a great analogy. Willis also wanted to mention must why he thought that he’ll be able to make it through senioritis and move on into college.


“Of course, it’ll be rough, but I know that I’m going to have a great support system that I can always count on, to talk to, and to help guide me to where I need to go,” he added.


Willis also seemed to have advice in general for the upcoming seniors who will be lost and possibly worried from their ACT testing that they had maybe just completed or even they’re worried about what senior year has installed for them.


“Always keep studying,” Willis said. “Especially those who are in sports, athletic remember that you guys are students first. No college will want you without your grades. Make sure that you make good relationships with your teachers and just live your life. You are seniors and you’re about to have the best time of your life.”


Matt Wothusen is a fellow senior, who also plays multiple sports.


Wolthusen has stated that all he wants to do is keep his grades up and make sure that his GPA is always higher than it was previously.


“I’ve just been keeping up with my grades and getting my GPA as high as possible so I can get into a good college with scholarships,” he said. “High school was a hard transition from 8th grade because I didn’t really know anyone but some kids on the soccer team helped me out a lot and it got easier day by day.”


Having a mindset like that as a senior in high school is a great thing to find. He stated that it would’ve taken him longer to get where he is today if he didn’t have the people there to support him as he has now. But he still would’ve been there, just would’ve been a bit later and a lot harder work. Some would think that money would be a big reason as to why some seniors would have senioritis, but it didn’t seem to be a problem with Wolthusen.


“Most of the college applications are free and the 5 biggest schools that I want to go to have a big application fee,” he said. “I want to go to one of the big schools if I get accepted, but if I can get money off due to my volunteering at this hospital, I will go to a college in Illinois. I’m thriving to be some sort of doctor.”


Wolthusen has his heart set on this and he doesn’t seem to be wanting to let go of this. He’s not letting senioritis hit him as hard as most of his classmates and instead of it affecting him in a bad way, he lets it affect him in a positive way. And he wants the upcoming seniors to do the same and to be sure to have the same mindset as him and he’s certain that they’ll achieve any goal that they want to accomplish soon after college.


Wolthusen would also like to do the same as Willis and give advice in general for everyone that’s moving onto the college and real-world of life.


“The only thing I have to say is, focus on your grades,” he added. “Grades are important and can get you in the colleges you want to go to and maybe even scholarships, so you don’t have to pay as much. You don’t want to have tons of debt, so you have to try your hardest this last year.”


Hopefully, the rest of the students of class 2020 and the upcoming seniors of class 2021 will take their advice into consideration and listen to them with open minds and open hearts. St. Joseph High School has hope that Jheloni Willis and Matthew Wolthusen will achieve their goals for the future and make them proud of always becoming a St. Joseph Charger.