by Opeyemi Ifafore

The symptoms show up every year.

First, seniors try to balance school work, extracurricular activities, a social life, and preparation for the “real world.” Somewhere along the way, usually towards the end of the semester, spending time with friends becomes the top priority. Consumed with other activities, school work begins to slide, laziness sets in, and procrastination takes a full-time position.

The diagnosis? Senioritis.

Mount Saint Mary College seniors Nicole Domizio and Jeremias Ramos are familiar with this condition.

“Sure, there are days where I don’t want to attend class,” Domizio said.

“I have it bad,” Ramos said. “But I know the year is almost over, so I have to cut it out.”

Domizio said the negative effect of senioritis has been that she has missed a class or two, but she doesn’t let that excuse her from completing assignments. Domizio’s motivation has been understanding the importance of her classes to meet the graduation requirements. Because she doesn’t want to jeopardize graduating in May, there is no room for laziness.

“Why would you waste your time and money on failing out of the class, especially your senior year?” Domizio Said. “You only have two semesters left. Don’t make it more than that.”

Laura Santiago, a MSMC alumna, experienced senioritis her senior year as a nursing major.

Santiago said the huge motivation for her was finishing with good grades. She also wanted to maintain good habits and not gain bad ones that could affect her performance as a nurse. “I would tell current students not to give up,” Santiago said. “I know the end is fast approaching, but every second counts.”

Santiago said students should make their final year a great one, and the results will only be positive.

As fall semester comes to an end and spring semester is just around the corner, don’t fall victim to senioritis.