Is Groundhog Day All That It's Hyped Up To Be?

Is Groundhog Day All That It's Hyped Up To Be?

I wouldn't call this weather an early spring, but hopefully, it turns around!

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Are we sure the Groundhog didn't see his shadow? Why are you reading about the Groundhog a month after Groundhog Day? Good question. You are reading about this famous Groundhog because if we are looking at the weather in Tallahassee especially, he probably did see his shadow!

Groundhog Day predicted an early spring this 2019 and I actually believed it at first. In February we were hitting highs in the '70s and almost even the 80's on some days. I thought to myself that this Groundhog theory worked up until March hit Tallahassee. The highs since we begin this beautiful month of March, have dropped! Our sunny and 75 degrees days quickly went to a chilly, windy, and rainy high of 50 degrees days. I wouldn't necessarily qualify 50 degrees as Spring, would you? Everywhere around the states seems to be chillier than past years at this time frame, so how accurate is this famous and legendary Groundhog?

Punxsutawney Phil's is the Groundhog famous for Groundhog Day. On February 2nd, every year it is his time to shine. No matter his history or accuracy we still continue to gather and celebrate in large crowds to witness his supposed wisdom.

If you don't already know the key to this fascinating historical day is whether or not he sees his shadow. If Phil does see his shadow that means an unfortunate six more weeks of winter. I suppose some people don't see it as unfortunate, but if you are looking forward to a sunny spring break as much as I am, then it is unfortunate. If Phil does not see his shadow than that Groundhog is happily calling for an early spring!

Once again, however, how accurate is the Groundhog? Punxsutawney Phil has been forecasting for over 120 years, so we should expect him to be talented and if not perfect at this job of his. Because hey, 120 years is definitely a lot of experience wouldn't you say? After that amount of experience, I'd believe in the little guy. The sad truth is, however, we should not place all bets on his accuracy.

According to Stormfax Almanac's data, Punxsutawney Phil's six-week predictions have only been correct about 39% of the time! 39% of the time? 39%, that is less than half! We have spent over 120 years watching and believing in a Groundhog, who is accurate less than half the percentage of the time. If you really let that sink in, we sound like a bunch of oddballs.

If this Groundhog is all that it's hyped up to be we can merely hope that this year it is accurate because spring break is just around the corner for us Seminoles!

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To The Girl Who Isn't Graduating On Time, It Won't Feel Any Less Amazing When You Do

Graduating is something to be proud of no matter how long it takes you.

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To the girl who isn't graduating college "on time,"

I promise, you will get there eventually, and you will walk across that graduation stage with the biggest smile on your face.

You may have a different journey than the people you grew up with, and that is OKAY. You may have some twists and turns along the way, a few too many major changes, a life change, you may have taken most of a semester off to try to figure your life out, and you're doing the best you can.

Your family and your friends don't think less of you or your accomplishments, they are proud of your determination to get your degree.

They are proud of the woman you are becoming. They don't think of you as a failure or as someone any less awesome than you are. You're getting your degree, you're making moves towards your dreams and the life that you have always wanted, so please stop beating yourself up while you see people graduating college on time and getting a job or buying a car.

Your time will come, you just keep doing what you need to do in order to get on that graduation stage.

Your path is set out for you, and you will get there with time but also with patience. The place you're at right now is where you are supposed to be. You are going to thrive and you are going to be the best version of you when you graduate and start looking for a company that you will be proud to work for. Don't look on social media and feel less than, because at least you're still working towards your degree that you are finally passionate about. You will be prepared. You will be ready once the time comes and you cross the stage, move away, and start your journey in whatever field you're going into.

Don't question yourself, and be confident in your abilities.

With love,

A girl who isn't graduating on time

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Everyone tells you to prepare for the best years of your life.

They tell you to prepare for all of the new challenges and new opportunities.

They say that you will meet your future people in college.

What they don't tell you is how much it will hurt.

Seeing old friends disappear because you are no longer home.

Watching your grades fall because the class is too difficult to pass.

Hearing and witnessing your family struggle and you aren't able to be with them.

Seeing all of the adventures that others are going on while you are stuck in your dorm room with the same stack of papers you have been trying to finish for three days now.

They don't tell you how difficult the transition will be.

They especially don't tell you how hard it is to live with someone.

The best of friends can live together and then grow to hate each other.

Complete strangers will move in and never speak.

You'll find friends that are simply just your "writing friend" or "band friend".

Many of the labels from high school can sometimes stick around.

If you're not out drinking or clubbing, then people think you don't have a life.

College is great, but don't think that it will be easy.

You have to make things easy in order for things to happen.

You can't just go around doing whatever and expect things to work out.

It takes time and it takes commitment to succeed in life, and in college.

The best way to deal with it all, find someone!

Find someone that you can get coffee with and watch sports with.

Find someone to eat dinner and lunch with.

Find someone to study religion and math before the next test.

Find someone!

Find your someone, a friend or someone special, to help you make it through everything that life throws at you.

If I had that someone I might have been better off my first year.

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