Seniors tend to leave classrooms and hallways empty as the year winds down — it's a condition more commonly known as 'senioritis.' The nice weather, glimpses of freedom and lack of motivation are all causes of the disease.

Almost two weeks ago, I was asked to write a feature on seniors and how they are battling their 'senioritis,' preparing for the end of their last year at Gonzaga and starting life beyond.

But while attempting to write this piece, I inexplicably played myself by not being able to realize that if you ask seniors with 'senioritis' to answer questions about said senioritis two months before school is out forever — they are probably not going to do it. Honestly, the irony of the situation is practically hilarious.

Senioritis is a disease that affects millions of seniors every year, hitting its peak numbers during second semester of their final year in college. While trying to write a feature on seniors and their 'senioritis,' I did not anticipate that the disease was plaguing GU at such a rapid rate already.

With two months left of school, I had assumed seniors still had some juice left in them and would still be willing to answer questions about their 'senioritis.' 

I was very, very wrong.

I reached out to 13 seniors of varying majors and genders to be interviewed. Eight of these seniors said they would try to answer some questions. Zero of the lot officially responded. 

Since I cannot give any first hand testimonials on the struggle of 'senioritis,' here are some ways you may be able to tell if you exhibit its symptoms according to collegeparentcentral.com.

Finality —  Have you come face to face with the realization this is your final semester of college and realized this is your last hoorah before you need to enter the real world? Are you are skipping classes in hopes the semester will end faster?

Friends — Just like every winter break, you and your friends will probably be spreading out around the country, except this time for more than a month and they will not be returning with Christmas presents. Is all you have talked about this week returning from spring break is your crazy week in Vegas? How wild things got and “God, this spring break was the least relaxing spring break I’ve ever had,” while giving pointed eye contact to your friends?

Comfort — Have you finally realized how comfortable college is despite the years of complaining about the dorm conditions, food, and having to do your own laundry? Are you worried you will never again be able to play a rousing game of rage cage on some guy’s front lawn in the Logan with your four friends who rent the beaten up house down the street?

Adulthood — Does the appeal of being “an adult” worry you? Do you ever feel an impending doom when thinking about adulthood, despite leaving a good school with a good degree?

If you answered yes to any of these question, there is a good change you are probably suffering from 'senioritis.'

I wouldn’t actually know how true or relatable this is but from the way seniors have responded, I think these hit the nail on the head. 

On a lighter note, GU seniors seem to have an interesting way of saying goodbye to their college, considering most of the students on this campus have been overachieving nerds since elementary school. Seeing the relaxed nature of seniors entering the real world is almost gratifying for the lowly underclassmen trudging to get through each semester.

The fun the seniors are having and the memories they are making in their final weeks gives the rest of us overworked overachievers hope that things will be alright. 

Mila Yoch is a staff writer.

Mila Yoch is a staff writer.

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