Don't get lost in spring

By Thunderworld Staff

Let's face it: Spring Quarter is the hardest to focus on. The weather is nice, the days are longer, and there are simply more things to do. After a long and dreary winter, the last thing anyone wants to do is stay inside and study for their quiz when it is 80 degrees with a slight breeze.

Western Washington during the spring time offers beauty and a whole host of activities and procrastinating is a lot easier to do when there are actually more enticing options. You can count down the number of weeks until summer on your fingers.

But this quarter still counts. You are still investing your time, money, and resources into school. This grade will still end up on your transcripts. Colleges won't look at a 2.0 any differently just because it was Spring Quarter.

Considering you will still have to be here, shouldn't you at least get something out of it?

Take your classes seriously and put in effort. Find motivation to try in your classes like you did in fall and winter. Summer will be here soon enough.

While it will be no doubt tempting to ignore school for a short-term benefit, in the long run taking your classes seriously will pay off more.

After you finish school and have landed a job, they will fire you if you do not actually do your job. They will not care what the weather was like outside, or what your friends invited you to do. All that they will care about is that you did not accomplish what you said you could.

College is meant to prepare you for the real-world. In the real-world, sometimes you have to do something even if there is an option that you find more appealing. Part of growing up is learning how to handle responsibilities.

In the real world you still have to go to work even if it is the first nice day in months.

This doesn't mean you're not allowed any fun. After all, you're in college. These are supposed to be some of the best years of your life, and they can be.

You do not have to be a complete book worm and have no social life. Nobody has to spend every waking moment in the library. But in life, everything is about moderation. An extreme on either end of the spectrum is not healthy.

So you have time to hangout with friends and still take your grades seriously. There is no reason you have to pick whether you want to hang out with friends or if you are going to study for an exam. Sometimes plans may not work out because you have an assignment due the next day, and that is okay.

Just be mindful and aware of your school responsibilities while you are enjoying one of Western Washington's few sunny days.

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