10 Reasons Why I Love Spring

10 Reasons Why I Love Spring

Spring has sprung!
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Every year I excitedly look forward to March 21. Why, you ask? It is the first day of spring! Although all of the seasons have their perks, spring is obviously the best and here’s why.

1. Everything is in bloom

It’s the time of year when nature starts to shake off the holds of winter. Trees, bushes and flowers all start to bud. Beauty abounds and we are here to take it all in (even if you just post a picture on Instagram)!

2. The weather becomes warmer

Goodbye below-freezing temperatures and hello, 70-degree weather! The sun is shining, but it is not nearly as hot as summer yet. The weather is just right and we should enjoy it.

3. All of the wildlife

Birds are chirping all around and hibernating animals are waking up from their slumbers. Wildlife abounds and is enjoyable to see.

4. Spring lifts your attitude

When the sun is shining and the weather is warm, it is nearly impossible to be in a bad mood. I constantly have a smile on my face taking in the onset of spring. It is no coincidence that the first day of spring is also the International Day of Happiness.

5. Baseball season starts

As basketball and hockey seasons come to a close, it is time to get out our caps and head to the ball fields! Baseball season is the best season because of outdoor afternoon games, sunshine, hot dogs, and cheering on your favorite team (Go Dodgers)!

6. Spring break

OK, who doesn't love spring break? It gives you a much needed break in the middle of the semester and an escape from any lingering winter weather that your school may be experiencing. Beaches, sunshine and relaxation!

7. The school year is almost over

After spring break, the end of the school year is so close you can almost taste it! Spring signals that you just have a month or two to get through and then, summer.

8. Shorts, tank tops and flip-flops

Springtime means it is time to say goodbye to those jeans, heavy sweaters and beanies. Time to break out the shorts, dresses and flip-flops! Your clothing is lighter and so are your spirits!

9. Outdoor activities

Now that it’s not freezing anymore, you can participate in a number of outdoor activities such as hiking, running, biking, going to the beach, and more! So get outside and get your Vitamin D.

10. Spring cleaning

OK, I understand that most people do not like to clean. However, there is something so refreshing and renewing about going through your belongings and deciding what to keep and what to ditch. It’s almost as if you are cleaning your mind and spirit! Additionally, you can get a little boost of happiness from donating the items that you no longer need to keep!


From now until June 20 we are blessed with the wonderful season that we call spring. It will be summer before we know it, temperatures will spike, and it just will not have the same feeling as spring. So while spring is still around, go outside, look around and marvel at the beauties that nature have provided us. Happy spring, everyone!

Cover Image Credit: Gabby Haugh

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The Coach That Killed My Passion

An open letter to the coach that made me hate a sport I once loved.
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I fell in love with the game in second grade. I lived for every practice and every game. I lived for the countless hours in the gym or my driveway perfecting every shot, every pass and every move I could think of. Every night after dinner, I would go shoot and would not allow myself to go inside until I hit a hundred shots. I had a desire to play, to get better and to be the best basketball player I could possibly be.

I had many coaches between church leagues, rec leagues, personal coaches, basketball camps, middle school and high school. Most of the coaches I had the opportunity to play for had a passion for the game like I did. They inspired me to never stop working. They would tell me I had a natural ability. I took pride in knowing that I worked hard and I took pride in the compliments that I got from my coaches and other parents. I always looked forward to the drills and, believe it or not, I even looked forward to the running. These coaches had a desire to teach, and I had a desire to learn through every good and bad thing that happened during many seasons. Thank you to the coaches that coached and supported me through the years.

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Along with the good coaches, are a few bad coaches. These are the coaches that focused on favorites instead of the good of the entire team. I had coaches that no matter how hard I worked, it would never be good enough for them. I had coaches that would take insults too far on the court and in the classroom.

I had coaches that killed my passion and love for the game of basketball.

When a passion dies, it is quite possibly the most heartbreaking thing ever. A desire you once had to play every second of the day is gone; it turns into dreading every practice and game. It turns into leaving every game with earphones in so other parents don't talk to you about it. It meant dreading school the next day due to everyone talking about the previous game. My passion was destroyed when a coach looked at me in the eyes and said, "You could go to any other school and start varsity, but you just can't play for me."

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Looking back now at the amount of tears shed after practices and games, I just want to say to this coach: Making me feel bad about myself doesn't make me want to play and work hard for you, whether in the classroom or on the court. Telling me that, "Hard work always pays off" and not keeping that word doesn't make me want to work hard either. I spent every minute of the day focusing on making sure you didn't see the pain that I felt, and all of my energy was put towards that fake smile when I said I was OK with how you treated me. There are not words for the feeling I got when parents of teammates asked why I didn't play more or why I got pulled after one mistake; I simply didn't have an answer. The way you made me feel about myself and my ability to play ball made me hate myself; not only did you make me doubt my ability to play, you turned my teammates against me to where they didn't trust my abilities. I would not wish the pain you caused me on my greatest enemy. I pray that one day, eventually, when all of your players quit coming back that you realize that it isn't all about winning records. It’s about the players. You can have winning records without a good coach if you have a good team, but you won’t have a team if you can't treat players with the respect they deserve.

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Dear Oklahoma, Please Take Care Of Jalen Hurts

He's one of the good ones, we promise.

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Dear Oklahoma fans, coaches, and players, please take care of Jalen Hurts.

When Hurts graduated in December of 2018, everyone in the Alabama fanbase knew that a transfer was coming soon. After showing his distinct character and loyalty to the Alabama Crimson Tide by choosing to play the 2018 season, even though he would be second in line to Tua Tagavailoa, Hurts deserves this chance to make the best decision for himself. The selection process regarding where Hurts would end up this upcoming season was kept relatively private, which of course open the doors to countless predictions from fans and analysts.

However, I can confidently say that I was not the only one shocked at his choice, but I whole-heartedly support it.

Home to two Heisman-winning quarterbacks, Oklahoma is a more than a smart choice on Hurts' behalf. Within that program, he will be given ample opportunity to improve his craft in order to put himself in the best position for a successful career post-college. The Sooners obviously have an incredible program that leads players down the best paths to be as successful as possible, and that is all Alabama fans want for our beloved quarterback.

With all this being said, I, as an Alabama fan, just ask the Oklahoma Sooners to take care of Jalen and realize how special of a player he is.

With Hurts at quarterback, you will never have to question his effort or loyalty to his teammates. He will always carry himself with grace, no matter the situation. If you give him an opportunity to succeed, he will put forth all of his effort in order to take advantage of it.

Jalen Hurts is one of the most special players, and young men, to ever wear an Alabama Crimson Tide uniform. All that we ask is that you support him as we have these past three years.

Roll Tide.

Sincerely,

Every Alabama Fan

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