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‘Senioritis’ is a natural affliction these days

It is already April. The year flew by, and even though almost everyone told me that my senior year would fly by, I didn’t really think it would. I know my peers agree. And as the school year is nearing the end, I can’t help but get excited, scared and, to put it nicely, a little carefree.

Last week we received our graduation announcements. The cards were neatly printed with shiny red print inviting friends and family to the ceremony. The senior bulletin board has a countdown of our last days, and people are finalizing plans for after school. How could we not be excited?

As plans are getting under way for senior week and graduation, everyone gets a little antsy — the syndrome is most commonly known as “senioritis.” I have been accused of it myself a lot lately, and I have to admit it’s true, but is that so wrong?

Last year the senior class members stood in the commons area after the famous or rather infamous “senior run” and counted down the last seconds of their high school careers. Most juniors stood in the corner watching their excitement, and that is where it all began.

I’ve been told that senior year is one of the most exciting times in people’s lives, and I can see why. It is a lot of buildup, and many life-changing decisions are made. The carefree attitude is a reaction to a lot of pressure — pressure to apply to school and get scholarships while at the same time maintain the rest of your life. And then comes the preparation for graduation, senior week, and the countdown, all while living the last moments of high school.

It is only natural to take a deep breath and take a step back and think about the adventures of the future and to take advantage of the last memories with a carefree, “senioritis” attitude.

Joleen Fuller is a senior at Steamboat Springs High School and an intern at the Steamboat Pilot.

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