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Spring weather causes students to reluctantly procrastinate homework

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March 30, 2012

Spring break has been over for abut two weeks now and the second half of the semester is in full swing. This is the home stretch before summer and I can hardly wait. Studying can often be difficult during the last month or two of school, especially when you’ve got nice weather like it has been for the past few weeks.

When the temperature in March reaches between 40 and 50 degrees Midwesterners usually consider that a heat wave. However, with temperatures rising to 70 or 80 degrees lately, it’s kind of ridiculous. I’m not going to complain because I am a wimp when it comes to cold weather, but its kind of concerning for it to be this warm in March. Many people are wondering what it will be like in July or even August.

Will it be scorching hot or will it start snowing in August and September? I guess we will have to wait it out and see what happens as spring and summer make their appearance.

Living in the dorms when the temperatures are increasing past 80 degrees can be, well, gross. Having the window open can only do so much when the wind isn’t blowing in the direction of your room and of course air conditioning is out of the question.

Fans have become a normal part of my life here at college during the first month or two of the school year and at the end of the school year as well.While you are trying to stay cool, you can also take this time to enjoy the abnormally warm weather outside. Go for walks, go for a run or play Ultimate Frisbee.

If you have rollerblades or a bike on campus, this is the perfect time to make use of them and go for a long bike ride with friends or rollerblade around campus. Glenn Park is always an option as well; you can go take a walk down by the falls and around other places along the river.

The warm weather also creates a problem, at least for me, when it comes to studying and doing homework. The closer the end of the semester gets and the nicer the weather, the more procrastinating I am tempted to do; I can imagine I am not the only one with that problem.

You could always grab your laptop, textbooks and notebooks and take advantage of a nice day and study outside. There are plenty of open spaces around campus to make yourself at home: the grass, benches, tables and other places you may find.

This spring will certainly be an interesting one with the unusually warm weather and with the uncertainty of what will happen with the weather in months to come. But making sure you take advantage of the nice weather while it is here could be a rather easy thing to do.

There are many options when it comes to spending time outside whether it is studying outside or just hanging out with friends; making the best of the last six weeks of second semester is important.

Samantha Mayberry is a junior and is majoring in journalism. She is from Rochester, Minn., and loves to read, listen to music and take pictures.