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May 30, 2024

The weather is getting nicer. And you know what I look forward to the most? People being outside, hanging out on all of the quads. I better see everybody outside, lounging in the grass or tossing a Frisbee, and I better see it happen soon, for the sake of my own sanity.

Of course, we go to school in a temperamental climate that is hot one day and cold the next, especially in the spring. As I sit writing this, there is a mist surrounding the entire Keyser Quad, making it hard to see past Remsen Hall when I stand on Tyler Terrace, while yesterday everybody was on the Beach, grabbing ice cream in the sun.

Between March and April, the semester goes into some sort of turbo drive. There are so many social events scheduled and academic things going on, basically enough for an entire year’s worth of activities. We pick and choose what we think we can participate in, like what lectures or readings to attend and what events on campus pique our interests. We consider these to be study breaks because, for the most part, we are in the final stretch of our spring semester classes and we have tons of work to do. All of this can sure take a lot out of us.

We all look forward to Spring Fair, but then we realize that it is the weekend before the last week of classes, then we all go absolutely nuts with all the of the work we have for finals week.

To make things worse, we have to listen to “Dark Horse” by Katy Perry every ten seconds in Levering because music publishing companies don't want to release what they think will be summer anthems until people are more in the summer mood. I completely understand that, but can't the radio play something better than a song like this, which was really only okay to begin with? Can summer just start now?

I don't think these months gets much better when we graduate and enter the real world – right now, my parents are just doing taxes and complaining that all of our home appliances are breaking.

I personally think the best way to deal with these months, specifically the month of April, is to be outside as much as humanly possible.  My dad always talks about how when he went to college and when the weather got nicer, everybody would be outside and many people would be playing music loudly out of their windows. Our generation mostly listens to music by ourselves, I tell him. But I would absolutely be in favor of playing good music outside on nice days.

Music or not, I hope the weather gets nicer immediately because I just want to be outside as much as I can. And I sure do hope that everyone joins me.

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