My sister gave me ‘senioritis’ … and I’m only a sophomore


Sisters Emory, left, and Caroline Sutherland

Senioritis is an “affliction of students in their final year of high school or college, characterized by a decline in motivation or performance.” That’s the definition, according to Google. It is known as a “disease” at the Academy, and almost every senior has it.

For many Stratford students, senioritis starts at the beginning of their senior year. For me, it has already started, and I am just a sophomore. I have more than two years left at Stratford Academy, but I already cannot wait to get out of here.

Maybe my older sister, Emory, has given the sickness to me. Emory is a senior and already is applying to colleges, visiting schools, and thinking about where she wants to go to get out of Macon. She has the freedom and privileges of a senior.

I want to have the luxury of sleeping in when my study hall is first or leaving school and going to lunch with my friends. I especially do not want so much schoolwork.

I am taking AP World History this year, and that class, plus my other classes, gives me a large load of school work. Throughout the week, I have multiple tests, papers, and projects that keep me busy.

Emory rarely even has homework. She is able to attend both social and sporting events within the week, while I stay at home studying. Even on the weekends I have so much work that I cannot relax or hang out with my friends. And here is my sister, bored to death, with nothing to do.

I understand that Emory had to go through this, too. But she did not have someone with which to compare her workload.  I, on the other hand, have to work hard when she gets to do whatever she pleases. I want to be able to have fun and relax like her. But, with me being a sophomore, it does not work out like that.

I have come to the conclusion that senioritis is a contagious disease. None of us are safe. No matter who you are, or what age you are, you have a chance of getting this “disease.”

Side effects include extreme laziness, which has no possible ways to benefit one’s self. Be alert at all times, and stay clear of seniors and their unwillingness to do anything productive.

Trust me. Save yourself while you can!