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Spring is Upon Us

March 13, 2013   

I look out my window, and what do I see?  The brilliant sun is gleaming through my blinds; the snow covering the rugby pitch has given way to splotches of grass; large flocks of birds are flying north in the sky.  Spring is making an appearance at Hamilton College, and I could not be happier.

This past weekend reminded me of the beauty of nature.  Temperatures reached into the 50s, which felt almost tropical after a cold, unwelcoming winter.  The breeze was gentle and relaxing—it lacked the usual frosty bite.  Everywhere I looked, fellow students walked around in t-shirts and shorts, liberated by the springtime weather.  After spending months bundled under coats and pants, we forget what the sunshine feels like.

Every muscle in my body aches to go outside.  My free moments are spent gazing out the window, imagining how gratifying the outdoors must feel.  I desperately search for some excuse to venture from my dorm room—but now is not the time to be distracted.

With the advent of spring comes another seasonal event—midterm exams!  As winter winds down Hamilton finds itself right in the middle of second semester.  Now is time to get serious about academic performance.  These grades matter!  I sit down to study, but then an easy breeze floats through the window, carrying a scent of clean air and fresh grass.  I instantly resume staring out the window.

Luckily for me, winter is making a comeback this week. The Hill was hit by a heavy snow flurry this afternoon; snow and below-freezing temperatures are forecast for the next few days.  The weather should get just ominous enough to keep me indoors and focused.  My mind should be wandering the pages of my books, not wandering the trails of the Glen!