“Mom, I don’t know where to go.”
“Do you know where room 211 is?”
A warm August morning begins the first day of the new school year. Seniors, juniors, sophomores, and freshmen cram their books into their lockers, make new friends, and ultimately new family. Yet, there is a feeling in the air that only the seniors seem to feel. They’ve been through this process three times already and this fourth time seems nostalgic.
The nostalgia of the first day seems all too scary for senior Taylor Amison. She notices that the first floor is filled with a mature quiet; seniors act like they’re waiting for something. The nervousness and excitement of being co-educational, the start of the college application process, new classes, and the anticipation of beginning fall sports and clubs begins. Amison plays right side for the varsity girls’ volleyball team and juggles honors classes. As classes begin, balancing both studies and sport begin to create a feeling of tiredness and stress. She’s heard about this feeling before from seniors and teachers in previous years, so it’s no doubt that she knew what she was feeling could only be the infamous senioritis.
“I would say I have a mild case of it [senioritis], somewhere in between because we have volleyball games, and I don’t get home till really late because I live in the south suburbs,” Amison said. “Like I would say ‘Oh, I’ll get this done’ and I’m just like ‘No, I’ll do this tomorrow.’”
As a student-athlete, Amison says she feels the burden of senioritis a lot. She doesn’t get home until eight or nine o’clock in the evenings which is another part of her decrease in energy and determination to get her work done. She feels that she has only a limited amount of time to do so much. For Amison, freshman year had been a steady breeze compared to the wild tornado of senior year.
“My freshman year was amazing and fun. I felt like I had the whole world in my hands because I was a freshman, like I’m officially in high school. Being a senior now is like all that time has passed, and I’m at the end game. Like this is it. This is my last year,” Amison said. “Don’t rush it. Take your time. Don’t try to rush getting older because you’re going to wish you had more time left. Rushing it caused me to feel overwhelmed because now I am here and I’m starting to apply for colleges.”