Treat senioritis with a grain of salt

Aliza Kellerman, Staff Columnist

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Wake up in the morning feelin’ like P.Diddy. Except not. Because you’re actually a senior at Shalhevet, and the last thing you feel like doing is getting out of bed. No, the last thing you feel like doing is taking a test. Actually, the last thing you feel like doing is coming to school. Why get up when you’ve already sent in your college applications (and double checked to make sure Claremont McKenna received everything)?

Why? No reason! The end.

Just kidding.

As tempting as it is to drift into a state of blase malaise, it’s important to stay at least slightly proactive at school. Think about it, when you spend an entire day doing nothing, you don’t feel refreshed, you feel downright filthy. You’re ready to scream out of boredom. However, when you take just a morning to be lazy, you feel more energetic in the afternoon.

I guess what I’m getting at is that senioritis isn’t entirely a bad thing. Rather, it’s a state of mind that has to be balanced with that of an active student.

Now underclassmen, make no mistake. Upon entering second semester of your senior year, you will get tired. You will get burned out. You will feel the need to do absolutely nothing. But instead of going all out and, I don’t know, skipping your fourth period class to play board games (ha ha…who would do that?) you should take your senioritis with a grain of salt.

My recommendation, and try to remember it when the time comes, is to work moderately during the week, feel your blood pressure drop. Then ease up on the weekends like you never could as a junior. That, my friend, is the key to not being a vagrant. Your teachers will adore you for showing up to class, and your family will enjoy the fact that you’re not in a seriously grouchy mood all of Shabbat.

Now, let me talk to my fellow seniors. Wuh-wuh, Seniors X! Okay, that’s finished…

At the time of writing this, we have about three weeks left of official school. I’m sure I don’t have to tell you, this countdown is exhilarating. But we haven’t dropped off the planet yet. As we’re winding down, I think it’s time we revealed a couple of secrets:

1) Some of us might’ve had senioritis since we were freshmen. Perhaps the reason senioritis gets such a bad rap is that it seems like code for “excused laziness.” However…

2) More than being slothful, senioritis is really about privilege. It may seem funny, but a slight drop in our involvement with the school makes us big men on campus. Ironic, no?

3) For every five hours of ditching school, there is one hour spent pacing in our own rooms. Believe it or not, sometimes we actually miss Shalhevet. Miss attending classes. Miss town hall and daily excursions to the fruit man. And there’s no doubt we’ll miss it more later on. Say, when we’re waking up at 12 p.m, meandering to a three o’ clock class in our pajamas, and gaining the Freshman Fifteen.

Namaste,

Aliza.

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