Why Is Spring Semester Worse Than Fall Semester?

Why Is Spring Semester Worse Than Fall Semester?

Chaos is taking over my life.

I'm only a junior, so I'm not sure why I've been reflecting so much lately on my time at Asbury. Maybe it's because nostalgia is a big deal for me. As much as I look forward to and work towards my future, there are certain things/feelings I miss from earlier in my life. But in my reflections, I've realized just how chaotic each of my spring semesters have been as a college student.

Freshman year: My dad got a job in Virginia, and he moved down there while my mom and I waited for the house to sell. Over spring break, I had to start packing up my room. I made it home for Easter (albeit, I was only there for about 48 hours, and it was a 9-hour drive there and a 9-hour drive back). Freshman formal and Highbridge happened in the same weekend. Worked 8 hours a week.

Sophomore year: My dad lost his job and found another one. So many papers, photography projects, and poems due. Worked 9 hours a week. I came down with a cold the week before Highbridge. Tried to find a summer job. Failed.

Junior year: This semester started out pretty easily, but it's been getting more and more hectic. Working 14 hours a week. Caught the flu/a bad cold right before spring break and have been a bit behind on homework since. Applying for so many internships and praying one of them is the place God wants me to be. Have two more academic book reviews, a final 6-10 page creative writing project (which, to be honest, isn't that long compared to other creative writing projects I've had), and a Shakespeare performance still to go.

So why does spring semester feel so much more chaotic than fall semester?

Does senioritis set in for me every spring? Does the warmer weather make me procrastinate, thus increasing my sense of busyness? Are more events I want to attend scheduled in the spring?

I don't know, and I don't understand it. Even finding time to write this post was a struggle; I hardly have time for my book blog these days, and I've read fewer books so far in 2017 than I read in the first six weeks of 2015 and 2016.

If anyone has answers/solutions for me, I'd greatly appreciate them.

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What It's Like To Take A Class With Professor Yuri Urbanovich

My experience taking a class with one of the best professors at UVA.

I have taken multiple classes with Professor Urbanovich during my time at UVA, and he is one of my favorite professors. Not only does he genuinely care about his students, but he also pushes them to learn more than humanly possible in the span of 50 minutes.

Seriously, I have learned more in his classes about Russian history and politics than I could have ever imagined. Professor Urbanovich’s thick Georgian accent and recalls of personal experiences also make his classes more personal, allowing students to understand the nation’s history and politics on a completely different level.

No wonder his classes fill up in a matter of hours when course registration begins!

The best part of Professor Urbanovich’s class is the many repeated quotes that one can uncover during his lectures. I am currently taking a J-term course with Professor Urbanovich and I have noticed that he says some things a lot throughout the course of his lectures, which makes them that much more interesting and fun.

If you’re interested in taking a course with Professor Urbanovich, which I highly recommend, be aware of the fact that Urbanovich will say the following things a lot.

1. My friends...

Professor Urbanovich does not refer to his students as “you guys” or “ my students,” but rather “my friends.” He often starts his lectures with “my friends,” making the class more intimate and welcoming. He welcomes various thoughts and opinions and treats his students in a way that makes it seem like you really are friends with the professor.

I have only taken two classes with him, but he always remembers who I am (a rare occurrence at a large university).

2. It is inconceivable

Professor Urbanovich often says that certain events or occurrences are “inconceivable”, and when he does, you know that the even matters a lot in terms of Russian history. It’s sort of like a marker for the things you should absolutely remember after any given lecture.

Earlier this week, one of his students quoted Urbanovich’s “inconceivable” phrase during a presentation, and the entire class, including the professor, started laughing. It just goes to show how welcoming and fun his classes can be.

3. I mean, can you imagine...

This is something along the lines of “inconceivable”, but it happens on rare occasions, usually when Professor Urbanovich is comparing the US to Russia and explaining how various events that occur in Russia would not be welcomed in the US or any other nation.

For example, the Pussy Riot fiasco that occurred in Russia was a stab at the religious values present in Russia, but we idolize it in the US. If something like this had happened in Israel or any other nation with strong religious values, we would most likely look at it in a different light. I mean, can you imagine…

4. I am so proud of you

Professor Urbanovich values education over number grades, often telling students that he is extremely proud of the work they’ve done and that they will go far in life. He does give exams, homework responses, and various projects, as any professor would, but he often makes students feel accomplished and successful after the completion of any assignment.

His comments on most essays are very constructive and provide guidance toward the development of better writing skills and the creation of more ambitious future projects.

5. Don't throw potatoes at my head

On the first day of my J-Term class, Professor Urbanovich compared our class to a large group of protestors as a joke, saying that we shouldn’t throw potatoes at his head if we did not agree with one of his statements.

Throughout the course of the past two weeks, he has repeated this phrase several times, especially during lectures that might have sparked opposition among students. Professor Urbanovich says this in a joking way of course, and it makes the class seem less intense than it is, almost as if we were not learning 1000+ years of Russian history in the span of 10 days.

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21 Things To Do On Your 21st Birthday

You’re officially legal! It’s time to celebrate!

You’ve been waiting for this day for, well, 21 years! It’s one of the biggest milestone birthdays there is to look forward to. You probably never thought you’d make it to this point, but now that the day is here, there’s so much to do!

1. Drink!

2. Go out to dinner.

3. Go to the Casino.

4. Go on a winery tour.

5. Drink!

6. See a movie.


7. Drink!

8. Eat wine-flavored ice-cream!

9. Buy something for yourself.


10. Scratch lottery tickets.

11. Drink!

12. Go bowling.


13. Throw a party.

14. Go on a cruise.

15. Drink!


16. Dance.

17. Drink!

18. Go to a club with friends!


19. Celebrate with family.

20. Open presents.

21. Drink!

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