It’s chilly winter here in Korea, and that invites all sorts of diseases for vulnerable high school students with a rapidly weakening immune system: the flu, pneumonia, influenza, bronchitis… but above all else, senioritis. If you’re an innocent freshman or sophomore who still believes hard work pays off and good exists in the world, you may be thinking, “Huh? What’s senioritis?” So let me, a lowly senior who recently succumbed to the fact that she has gotten a bad case of senioritis, break it down for you.

Senioritis, in layman terms, is a slump that hits second-semester seniors that find that there is no reason to continue. College applications are over; midterms are over; SATS are over. Why should we care about our studies? Some common symptoms are a lack of motivation to study, a consequent drop in assessment grades, and sometimes even a decline in fashion sense, if you really want to embody the “not-caring” attitude on all facets of your life.

So is there a cure for this disease? If you catch the flu, pneumonia, influenza, or bronchitis, you can get a diagnosis from the doctor and cure yourself with medicine. That’s not the case for senioritis: it’s an internal struggle that we must overcome ourselves. But are we strong enough to defeat this disease ourselves? Perhaps not — but for the sake of this article, let’s assume that yes, we are. And as s a fellow trooper fighting this battle against senioritis with all of you seniors, I have prepared some tips you may find helpful.

1. Seek inspiration from others.

We are second-semester seniors. We are lazy, unmotivated, and quite frankly, a little pathetic. We are not inspirational. So, if you want to find the driving force that will propel you to get off your feet, don’t look within yourself. Instead, seek inspiration from others. I recommend doing a couple of “inspirational celebrity quotes” searches on Google. You’re going to find yourself searching for one of these when you need a senior yearbook quote anyway, so might as well start now. I recommend “Brainy Quotes” and “Goodreads”, and suggest you stray away from inspirational figures that are currently alive. They may be inspirational now, but in five years, they may end up as sex offenders or misogynists. You don’t want to embarrass your future self with the possibility that you worshipped a sex offender.

2. Do it for your future children.

When you’re 33 and your beloved daughter grabs your hand and asks, “Mommy/daddy, what kind of high school student were you?”, what is the kind of response you want to give? Do you want to squeeze her hand and whisper, “I had straight-A’s till the moment I walked out those doors, sweetheart”? Or do you want to avert your eyes and mumble, “Honey, I’m busy right now, why don’t you go watch another James Charles video?” Unless you are James Charles himself, probably the former. So if you can’t be motivated enough to work hard for yourself, at least do it so that you won’t be humiliated in front of the very things you gave birth to.

3. Stop reading this article and do some work.

As you may have noticed, this article is essentially meaningless and ultimately my own way of dodging my responsibilities. So why are you still here? Stop reading and get some work done. You have a pile of homework that isn’t going to do itself.

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