Spring semester is like when you are on a rollercoaster ride with a lot of upside-down loops and twirls- nauseating and frightening but totally worth it at the end because now you made a memory. Though, whether that memory was good or bad is totally up to interpretation (haha)!
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There are twelve months in a year but there is one month that is better than the rest. Can you guess which one? If you said April, you're right! If you didn't say April, well. . . You're wrong. You are probably wondering why you're wrong; you are probably thinking to yourself "there is no way I am wrong! ___ is the best month, not April!" Well, let me explain to you.
1. The birthstone is a diamond.
The diamond is one the hardest substances on Earth. Diamond comes from the Greek word adamas which means "untamable". It is said that diamonds are supposed to bring balance and clarity to anyone who owns one. It also symbolizes eternal love.
2. The flowers of the month are daisies and sweet peas.
The daisy symbolizes innocence and purity while the sweet pea signifies blissful pleasure.
3. There are 3 holidays in April.
There is April Fools Day, Easter, and Earth Day. That is a lot of holidays for one month! April is just extra appreciative!
4. April has the best Zodiac signs.
If you were born between April 1st - April 19th, you are an Aries. (Side note: The Aries Zodiac actually starts March 21st, but that is not important right now). The sign of an Aries is a Ram, which is considered to be a sun (fire) sign and ruled by the planet and Roman God of War: Mars.
If you were born between April 20th - April 30th, you are a Taurus. (Side note: The Aries Zodiac actually ends May 20th, but like I said earlier: not important). The sign of a Taurus is a Bull, which is considered to be an Earth sign ruled by the planet and Roman Goddess of Love: Venus.
5. April is Jazz Appreciation Month.
Jazz is such a beautiful genre of music! It is so calming and exciting at the same time. I am glad that something appreciates Jazz music.
6. April is known by different names.
Aprills means "to open", which the Romans thought was a good fit for April considering this is the month when the trees and flowers begin to bloom. April is also derived from the Latin word aperit which also means "to open". The Greeks named April Aphros, which is named after Aphrodite, the Greek Goddess of Love.
7. Professional baseball starts in April.
Who doesn't love baseball?
8. April has some of the best weather.
April is during the season of Spring, which happens to be the best season. It is not too hot and it is not too cold. You can get a little bit of rain and a bit of sun on the same day and be able to appreciate the rainbows.
9. April has the Coachella Festival.
For those who don't know, the Coachella Festival, usually just known as "Coachella" is a music festival located in Coachella, California. This is about 30 minutes from Palm Springs, California. This music festival brings in people from all over the world. Granted, the festival has gotten a bit lame performer wise as the years go by, but nonetheless, still a cool music festival to go to.
10. April is the month of my birthday.
Now, this may make me a little bias, but aw well. I just so happened to be born in the greatest month ever so consider me lucky!
Come the second half of spring semester, the college environment begins to change a little bit. Before spring break, the thought of summer seems so far away. After spring break, summer is just weeks away, which is both good and bad. It's good because, in just a few short weeks, students will finally be relieved of the grueling work and busy schedules. It's bad because it means the end of another year of college. The seniors will graduate, you'll have to leave the nice college environment, and things will be different.
As summer is less than two weeks away, I can honestly say I've never wanted to stay in one place so badly, which is weird. After every other semester, I have been more than ready for a break from school. I have been excited to pack up and leave for a bit, spend time with my family, not worry about work, and just have more free time. But this year is different. I am not ready to leave college, the fun environment, and my friends who are never further than a 15-minute walk away.
There's something about the college environment that changes this time of year. In my past two springs at Elon, I've noticed the things that the end of the semester brings, and I'm sure other students can relate.
1. Trying to either get rid of or desperately hold onto meal swipes and meal dollarsGiphy
There are two types of people when it comes to meal plans. There are the people who use theirs constantly, rationing their meal swipes daily and making sure their meal dollars will last them to the end of the semester. Then, there are people who never use their meal plan and end up having so much to spend at the end of the year. That's me. As a result, I am constantly offering to buy people food and get meals with them. That's how you know it's getting close to the end.
2. So many dogs on campusGiphy
BEST PART OF THE SPRING. There are already tons of dogs on campus but when it's warm out, students play with their dogs outside and take them on walks more often. It's so nice passing some good dogs on the way to class, on the way to dinner, etc. Elon, never stop letting the dogs out.
3. EVERYONE is selling thingsGiphy
My Facebook page is currently blowing up with people posting their old clothes, furniture, etc. for sale. When it's the end of the year, people start to think about moving out and panic about how much stuff they have. I know that I somehow managed to accumulate way too many clothes over the course of the school year, and I'm not sure how I'm going to get it all back home. But seriously, last year, I remember seeing posts on Instagram and Snapchat where girls advertised that they were selling their clothes. It's actually quite a fun time.
4. So many outdoor eventsGiphy
Another thing that happens more towards the end of the semester is an increase in fun outdoor events. Now, that is due to the warm North Carolina weather (FINALLY), but it's also a sign that summer is coming soon. It's usually a good thing to be outside in the spring, except when it's unbearably humid or teachers who move class outside try to actually make you do work.
5. Mixed emotions are everywhereGiphy
This isn't strictly for Elon students I'm assuming. Spring is a weird time for everyone. The mixed emotions come from the happiness that summer and freedom are coming, paired with sadness that we have to leave some of our closest friends and greatest adventures. It is always fun to think about the cool things you'll do over the summer, but friends will miss each other. Unless you're a senior (sorry guys), you're not too sad because you know you get to return to Elon in just a couple months.