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Spring time, end of school on horizon for students

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April 4, 2013

Being brought back to square one, in a small way, with spring break being over and students, teachers and faculty members of UW-River Falls going back to their busy bee lives is tough. With only a month and a half left of classes (hard to believe time has flown by that quickly) we all know what those last few weeks truly mean for us all. Crammed study nights, ink stained finger tips and coffee overdoses due to the lack of sleep.

This is the time where we all tend to get excited for spring and being outdoors, we lose our focus and just want to be done for the year. We can’t let that happen though. We need to stay focused and driven to finish the year out strong.

With intramurals starting up next week, more people will become active outdoors, with the tempting pleasures of taking our study breaks outside with the nicer weather and fresh air. As one of those people who gets caught up in all the fun, I implore you to make sure you manage your time wisely within the coming days for your own benefit.

Another fun, exciting, yet stressful process happening for us all would be registration for next fall. I remember the days where I would sit at my computer and have to fix my schedule over and over because classes would fill up so quickly.

Now it doesn’t seem to be a problem anymore, since I’m older, which makes it more fun getting the classes at the times you’d like.

For those who do not need to sign up for classes, graduation celebrations will soon begin as well. All the long hours, hard work and stress over the years finally paid off, my friends, for you will soon receive your precious piece of paper with your degree finalization printed next to your name.

I must admit that I am secretly ready and excited for that day to come, even though I’ll miss all the friends I have made here at the University.

Whether you are ending your first year, third year or sixth year, you are finishing it. You are here bettering your future, it is truly one of the best gifts you can ever give yourself. I know it seems cliché, but the time and money spent is worth the “big kid” job after college. It’s hard work, more than people expect sometimes, but you should be proud of yourself for coming as far as you have and choosing to continue on with education, because, believe it or not, you are going to look back and say “I wish I were back in school.”

It’s just like when our parents told us in high school to slow down and enjoy where we were at, not to grow up too fast because one day we will miss it all. Even though I’m young, I’ve seen and experienced a lot, and I can even say I miss just last fall.

So as our time for this school year slowly comes to an end, remember to prioritize your time, and stay focused as best you can no matter how many distractions you have surrounding you. You’ll have all summer to be outside and relax, even after a full day of work if you’re lucky enough to have a job or internship this summer. I can promise you those bonfires and fishing trips aren’t going anywhere.

Miranda Hammel is a journalism major. She enjoys reading, writing, listening to music, and being active outdoors.