There are five weeks left of spring term, and it is the best time of the year.
The weather is starting to get warmer, the days are getting longer and there is a feeling of happiness felt across campus as the spring semester draws to a close.
This is my favorite time of the year because all of the applications to scholarships, internships, graduate schools and other programs are done being turned in.
Freshmen, sophomores and juniors alike are getting into summer internships and the excitement for their opportunities is tangible.
I, personally, was accepted to a research experience for undergraduates (REU) at the University of Georgia.
Although this is just an eight-week program, others are getting acceptances to much longer term commitments. Many of my friends who are seniors are accepting offers of admittance to graduate or professional schools.
I know freshmen are excited to be done with their first year of college, and seniors are even more excited to graduate and get on with their lives.
Even professors are probably looking forward to the end of the semester. They will finally be able to breathe a sigh of relief because they will not have to grade papers or tests for three whole months.
The weather is also having a positive impact on the attitudes of students. The days are sunnier and warmer.
Classes will soon move outside and all of us who are Vitamin D deficient can bask in the sunshine, which has a magical way of boosting morale.
I spent the past weekend in St. Louis, Missouri, and it was so nice to feel the warmth of the sun on my face. I could feel the stress, like ice from winter, melting away.
There are fun events that go on at the tail end of this semester too. SpringFest is always an entertaining experience.
Many students also plan on going to the spring concerts hosted by other schools and are planning travel to summer concerts, like Warped Tour.
All of these things are wonderful. However, this time of year does have its drawbacks.
Professors are handing out final projects, students are starting to prepare for finals week looming ahead and there is an overall anxiety over how many points must be earned in order to get an A.
All we need to do as students is stay positive. Lucky for us, we go to a private institution that gives us a large break for Easter.
Once that is over we are on the final stretch toward summer break. So, let’s enjoy the rest of the spring semester and make it a memorable one.