Fall and Spring: What’s the Difference?
We are now underway with spring semester, meaning that some students have just completed their first semester of college (congrats by the way!). For students spring semester is a chance to reflect on what did and didn’t work so well during the fall. Whether it’s study habits or social life, a lot of people make changes to how they go about with their business in the spring. This is so ironically perfect, because guess what? Spring semester is nothing like fall semester.
Even though it may not seem like it just yet, the days are getting longer, and at some point (hopefully soon!) Iowa will thaw out. As soon as that gross swampy transitional phase ends, the ISU campus literally erupts with color, noise, and life. Central campus will play host to many a pickup game during the week, and all of the trees that line the sidewalks will be in bloom. It feels like everyone spends less time indoors and more time outside studying or just plain having fun.
Spring semester flies by. Maybe it’s because of the change in weather and the desire to be outdoors after a long winter or the way the semester is broken up into a “series of events to look forward to,” but I always feel as though these next 16 weeks are done in the blink of an eye.
Spring semester is what I like to think of as the “fun semester,” filled with campus events like VEISHEA, Greek Week and (of course), spring break. It also is a tough time to remain focused, especially with the improvement in the weather. Take the homework outside if it helps, but just remember to balance your time. You’ll be able to make it academically and still have some fun too.
Just keep in mind, spring and fall semesters are two completely different animals.