Spring Fever

It is almost impossible not to catch this disease, but you do not have to let it ruin your life.

As I sit in the student union and type this, I can see through the window. Next to me are jacketless students walking to and from class and a cloudless, blue sky. We got 6 inches of snow Monday, and the forecast for the end of the week is 75 degrees.

I think Missouri is one of the few places where you can experience all four seasons in one week.

This is the time of the year when bodies in lecture halls become sparse and the quad becomes littered with people lying in the grass and tossing Frisbees.

I do not know the exact science of it all, but there must be some kind of hormone released in your brain when the weather is nice. It causes you to think about everything except going to class and doing homework. It also causes excessive procrastination, laziness and apathy.

Do not listen to what “adults” say. Spring fever is real, and when coupled with senioritis, it can be particularly dangerous to the health of your academics.

Next week spring officially begins, and soon there will be blossoms of all kinds on campus, making the walk to class that much more enjoyable and prone to out-of-the-way stops at the frozen yogurt shop. I try to remember these things when having the internal debate of whether I should attend class.

The nice weather will be there when you get out of class, and if it is not, there is another day. If you exercise regularly, consider doing your workout outside so you can enjoy some fresh air.

On top of all the important class material, teachers may award those who resist temptation and come to class with extra credit points. What’s better than free points for doing something you usually do anyway?

It is hard to resist the temptation to play hooky, but try to think ahead to finals week. Picture yourself trying to fill in all the holes in your notes for the days when you skipped class to go to the park or walk around downtown. Sounds awful, doesn’t it?

I know I will have a hard time getting to class in the next few weeks. I intend to leave home each day with the determination to make it through all my classes.

My hope is that I do not run into any of my friends throughout the day. Why? Because peer pressure is real. Because in the all-too-familiar “What are you up to?” exchange, my friends will respond with [insert an activity more fun than going to class here] and I will lose my willpower. I am really trying, though.

How many days until summer?


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