My Life In College: The perils of spring

Moral Mildred/Sun Star Columnist
March 5, 2013

The weather has finally taken a turn for warmth–I’ve stopped checking the weather reports because I refuse any reality except for my own–and soon we all might be experiencing a spring that the rest of the world can recognize. I am super excited about this, because I hate the cold with a passion that I cannot describe. However, I’ve noticed that a lot of people aren’t as excited as I am for the Season of Love. I’ve asked around and here is the general consensus as to Why Spring Sucks:

1. Melting equals slush. As excited as I am for the snow to finally be gone, a lot of people are worried more about the between stage of snow and nosnow. One of my friends was wondering if she should invest in rain boots, since she rather likes her current sneakers. I can mostly agree with this, as having the ground covered in two inches of wet, dirty slush is not exactly my idea of a pool party. However, sacrifices must be made for the greater warmth and if my sneakers are what it takes, then so be it.

2. Slush freezes at night. Okay, this point I can agree with. I absolutely hate the stage of transitioning into spring in which it is nice and melty-warm during the day, and then at night the temperature drops enough to make everything freeze. When you wake up in the morning, the world has become a giant death trap, and I end up falling into the one mud puddle that stayed wet.

3. The world is an ugly, ugly, place. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, or something, but as the snow melts to make room for spring, the world is pretty gross. Mud and dirt mix with snow, the gravel from the roads clog street drains and always manages to get into your shoes and the general landscape is a sickly brown-grey. I always try to ignore this stage of almost spring. There really isn’t anything redeeming about it, other than, the snow is melting.

4. Extended hours of sunlight. I was actually surprised to here this as a reason people didn’t like spring, but after giving it some thought, I guess I can understand why. We have gotten used to living in the dark and the sun is like a tantalizing dream. Everyone wants to be outside, basking in its golden rays but we can’t, because we have classes and homework and tests to study for. It’s a cruel joke on us poor students and teachers, leaving us staring longingly out the window.

Regardless of any of the reasons I just listed, spring is on its way. And regardless of some of the more negative aspects of its arrival, I am excited. I am ready to put my down jacket away, put on my sneakers and slip into some mud.

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