Student column: Eager for spring to arriveSpring is just around the corner, and you can notice it in many ways. Most winter sports — gymnastics, hockey, wrestling, etc. — are either in the final stages of the season or have already ended.
By: Becca Opp, The Farmington Independent
Spring is just around the corner, and you can notice it in many ways. Most winter sports — gymnastics, hockey, wrestling, etc. — are either in the final stages of the season or have already ended. The snow is beginning to melt, and people are starting to venture outside of their homes after the dreary cold months of winter.
More and more people are taking their hyper, energetic dogs on walks, or taking their kids to play with their friends on the playground. Personally, I’m dusting off my pair of running shoes and am starting to run on pavement again. Running on a treadmill is fine, but staring at the same spot on the same wall for half an hour isn’t the same as running past a park and seeing kids playing or smiling and waving at neighbors you haven’t seen in awhile.
Another thing that comes with spring is the snow melting. Even though I dislike all the mushy slush that comes when the snow melts, I find myself looking forward to it this year because it means winter is almost over. Also, the sun is shining bright these days. It is heating up the temperature, which makes a lot of people very happy!
This week, the temperatures are going to be around 30 degrees each day. You know you live in Minnesota when you look forward to 30-degree weather. With the sun shining so bright, it casts a bright reflection off of the snow, which may be troubling when you are driving. But the snow is melting quickly, so we won’t have to worry about that for too long.
When spring arrives, there is also a shift in the schools. A new trimester begins. Some students like their classes and teachers how they are right now, and some are glad for the change. With your current trimester ending and a new one starting, that means the dreaded finals week is coming up faster than you would like. The last week or two of the trimester always seem the busiest. With teachers giving you last minute projects, homework and tests in almost every class, you will be kept occupied at your computer for hours trying to get everything done. Not to mention studying for your finals themselves. That also takes up a lot of your time.
When it’s just starting to get nice outside and you have to stay inside all alone finishing schoolwork, it can be depressing. But you can comfort yourself with the fact that you are not alone. I’m sure there are a bunch of other ninth, 10th, 11th and 12th graders who are in the exact same boat as you. And on the bright side, it means that you are already 2/3 done with the school year. Each passing day makes you that much more closer to your precious summer vacation.
So, students, when you glance outside to the sun gleaming, just remember, you’ll be out there laughing, smiling, and having fun soon enough.
Becca Opp is a student at Farmington High School. Her column appears every other week in the Independent.