Spring Semester Is Underrated

Spring Semester Is Underrated

The spring semester at USC doesn't get the recognition it deserves.
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Any semester at USC is a good semester, but the fall semester undoubtedly gets a lot more appreciation than the spring semester. Yes, there are football games, and it's exciting coming back after not seeing your friends all summer. But the spring semester does not receive the praise it deserves. Spring semester at USC is very unsung, and it's just as good as the fall semester.

1. Darty Season

One of the best things about the spring semester are all the countless day parties every weekend. It's like an endless tailgate.

2. St. Patty's Day

Everyone knows Five Points is the best place to be for St. Patty's Day. There's a parade, live bands and endless food vendors. It's one of the most exciting event in either semester, in my opinion.

3. Basketball Season

Football games are fun, but basketball games are just as fun, and we actually win these games! It's a lot more of a relaxed atmosphere, but the games are very intense and exciting.

4. Spring In South Carolina

Springtime in South Carolina is undeniably beautiful. The campus becomes overgrown with flowers and trees blooming. There is more sunshine, and the sunsets are very stunnning.

5. Spring Break

Out of all the breaks, spring break is by far the best. It's a chance to go away with your friends, travel to a new country for studying or research or to go home for an entire week to escape from the chaos of classes.

6. Perfect Weather

The spring time in South Carolina is the perfect weather. It's almost always sunny, and the temperature rarely dips below 65 degrees. After a few chilly months at home, it's nice to be able to step outside without a jacket in the middle of February.

7. Formals

If you're part of a Greek organization or have friends in one, formals at the end of the semester are always exciting. Dressing up and having fun with your friends is a great way to finish the semester.

8. Carolina Cup

It's like a classier version of any party or tailgate you'll attend. It's also a good excuse to dress up in bright, fun colors. Who doesn't love all the "cup/derby/horse" puns on all those Instagram captions?

9. Summer Is Coming

Right after spring semester is an entire summer to unwind and relax after months of classes and stress. All your hard work pays off once you have months of relaxing ahead of you.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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The Struggle of Taking Classes During the Summer

It can put a bit of a damper on summer fun

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To everyone reading: I hope you're having a nice, relaxing summer. Even if you're working I hope you can get a few days off to hang out with friends, go to the beach, and have some nice downtime. Not me. I am currently in the process of completing two four-week long summer classes. I'm taking them now to get ahead for next semester and to keep my overall schedule on track. It certainly isn't fun, but the reminder that it is only four weeks is what really keeps me going. If you are in the same boat as me, you'll relate to this list like no one else can; if you're not taking summer classes, don't let this list scare you, but use it to mentally prepare yourself for any you may have in the future.

1. Studying and homework

The homework isn't too bad with some summer classes just because you don't have time for a lot of intense projects. Still, since the class is so short you have to do some kind of homework pretty much every day. Make a schedule and spread it out so you don't get too behind.

2. Actually going to class

I am in two classes. One meets in person every day from 10 am to 11:45 am. The other is online. Let me be the first to say that getting up for class during the normal semesters is hard enough, but knowing my little brother gets to sleep in while I have to wake up early and go class is a real motivation suppressant.

I will say, though, it's kind of nice being on campus when it's basically empty.

3. No going out...

You'll probably be a little down because you might not be able to really go out at all during the time you're in class. For me, I go to lecture every morning, come home and do homework for that class, then do homework for my online class. I have some free time on the weekends, but I try to use those lecture-free days to study or work on papers.

4. But being super busy

Even though you might not be able to go out like a summer off, you'll be keeping yourself busy with all that super fun homework I mentioned.

5. Stress

Yes, summer classes can be a little stressful and it's pretty much all thanks to how fast-paced they are. Just do what I do: make a homework and project schedule as soon as you can and remind yourself how short it is.

Summer classes are not the worst thing in the world, and if you choose to take one at some point it won't be absolutely horrible. The nice thing about them is it's like ripping off a Band-Aid; it may be a little painful and annoying, but it's over so fast you don't suffer. Pick your class and professor wisely and get down to business; taking the class means you're one step closer to graduation!

So, to anyone else taking a summer class: good luck and you got this!

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