A Severe Case of Senioritis

Seniors face the most stress out of all of GVs students because they not only have to make sure they pass their classes in order to graduate, but also must consecutively work on things like college applications, jobs, and extracurricular activities. This can take a toll on their physical and mental well-being, photo taken on February 2nd, 2024 at Golden Valley High School. (Dylan Vo)
Seniors face the most stress out of all of GV’s students because they not only have to make sure they pass their classes in order to graduate, but also must consecutively work on things like college applications, jobs, and extracurricular activities. This can take a toll on their physical and mental well-being, photo taken on February 2nd, 2024 at Golden Valley High School. (Dylan Vo)
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Senioritis is a supposed affliction on students in their final year of high school or college. Merriam-Webster defines senioritis as an, “ebbing of motivation and effort by school seniors as evidenced by tardiness, absences, and lower grades.” Senioritis has been a common theme amongst those in their last year of high school, and seniors here at Golden Valley high school have experienced that impact.

Students have expressed that having too much work as a senior causes them stress. Therefore they tend to miss school to avoid having to do their work. At Golden Valley there is a Loss of Privileges policy. It is a list of students who either have less than a 2.0 gpa and/or have had 10 or more tardies or absences. This policy adds to the stress of seniors.

Eileen Rodriguez and Joshua Moreno said,“We think it is unnecessary for seniors because we are just trying to experience every senior event for our last year.” They also added, “I did not expect seniors to have this much work and this little freedom.”

Eileen Rodriguez is a senior at Golden Valley High School. She has been struggling with school for at least a month now. It is common for students to have bad days here and there, but for Rodriguez it has been a constant thing. In terms of Rodriguez’s experience this school year, she has expressed, “It’s been whatever, it’s been a rollercoaster, I don’t want to come to school, I’m super stressed and want to end the school year already.” She tries to get good grades and attendance but the LOP policy is affecting that especially since she is struggling with showing up to her classes.

Rodriguez has been waking up late and not getting any sleep. Her job contributes to her tiredness but she values her experience in the work industry. She has expressed “It is a great experience to be working and going to school at the same time, because it helps me out later on in the future.” Rodriguez wants to make sure she finishes strong in school. She is trying to manage work and school, but it has been challenging for her to get used to.

Joshua Moreno, another senior at Golden Valley, says he does not have senioritis as Rodriguez does, but he is struggling to process that he is going to graduate soon. He described senioritis as,“When you’re nervous to graduate, you’re anxious and stressed out, and some people tend to stop doing their work.”

Moreno also struggles with getting to class on time and he lacks motivation to be there. He expressed that “going late to class, not doing his work, and getting distracted a lot” are some of his bad habits in school. He also tends to dissociate during class and finds it challenging to snap out of it.

Moreno believes it is hard being a senior with a lot of responsibilities. The most challenging part about being a senior is “to graduate especially when some students might be behind on either credits or work,” Moreno voiced. He feels that removing the LOP for seniors is a good idea because seniors want to experience all the events Golden Valley has to offer.

Senioritis is an affliction that dawns upon many seniors in their last year of highschool and students yearn for teachers to be understanding throughout their process. Rodriguez has expressed, “I want teachers to understand that we are just trying to balance our time and to try and be more understanding with us.”

The last year of high school is hard for many; seniors are trying to experience all of their senior events, while still keeping the motivation needed to finish strong. Although it may be hard, all seniors want is to graduate and experience every little thing before their last school year ends.

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About the Contributors
Jennifer Guillen, Staff Writer
Jennifer Guillen is a senior journalist at Golden Valley High School and a staff writer for the Campus News Team for the Grizzly Gazette. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Her interests include writing, spending time with her family, and watching sunsets. She loves spending her time outdoors and going on adventures. She tries her best to experience new things and get out of her comfort zone. She loves to discover life with others but not as much as she does alone. She is passionate about writing about the struggles students might have during and outside of school. As well as mental health issues students might have. Being a part of the Grizzly Gazettes means that she will be able to write what she's passionate about and be able to tell others' stories. This matters to her because she thinks that everyone has a different story to tell and everyone experiences life differently. She believes that there is no right or wrong in any story and everyone has different opinions and perspectives. 
Dylan Vo, Photographer
Dylan Vo is the photographer for the Campus News Team of the Grizzly Gazette. He is currently a senior at Golden Valley High School and has been attending it since his freshman year. On top of his position in the Grizzly Gazette, he is also the Treasurer of both SkillsUSA and DFY in SCV, participates in clubs like Asian Student Union, CSF, and DEI, is a CTE Pathway Completer, and has plenty of hours and experience in community service. He also possesses a Youtube channel with over 1,000 subscribers that documents various topics within video game communities. Some of his interests include editing and posting videos, using Photoshop to create new images and designs, and watching TV shows on platforms like Disney Plus and Netflix. The main reason he joined the Grizzly Gazette was to enhance his journalism skills not only for his channel, but also for the greater good of the school through its newspaper. A couple of topics he covers here at the Grizzly Gazette are campus and online news since he believes students and staff should learn more about the activity occurring on both school grounds and the internet. To him, being a student journalist means not only being a part of something that can make a positive impact on the school, but also exposing writers to both new and old skills that can assist them throughout their lives.