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Atlanta spring skyline (Creative Commons)

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The season of spring began on March 20 this year.  Spring brings flowers, longer days, and, as many students pointed out, pollen. As springtime blooms, many people feel happier and have more motivation.  The Guardian says that spring is a time to “encourage curiosity, change sleep and study schedules, and build excitement about next year.”  And while those changes may happen for many people, others are simply tired and moody because of their allergies.

A layer of pollen coats everything, including hands. (Creative Commons)

Walking through the halls, it is easy to see that the pollen has affected a significant number of students.  Tissue boxes disappear faster, few students sit outside at lunch, and sneezes echo through the hallways.  Weber sophomore Evan Blum said that he feels “tired and bad” in spring because of his allergies.  According to CNN, there is a link “between allergies and mood.”  Many people end up cranky, tired, or simply annoyed with the pollen.

Other students shared the reasons for their excitement at the changing of seasons, which varied from having to do with the environment to the rigor of schoolwork.  Junior Dylan Oakes attested that “when it’s sunny, I feel sunny.”  She felt that winter was a time when she ended up staying home.  Students Raye Claire Merlin and Joey Rubanenko echoed each other in saying that spring makes them “more excited for summer.”

“When it’s sunny, I feel sunny.””

— Dylan Oakes

A lesser number of students said that they prefer other parts of the year to spring.  Carly Wohlberg, a Weber sophomore, remarked that she likes winter better than spring because she dislikes the heat and bugs that come with the spring season.  Some students, such as freshman Shira Brown, favor fall and winter because of the cozy wardrobe.

Spring brings a hopeful, yet slightly hectic, feeling to schools.  Students are trying to finish out the year with strong grades, but teachers may be assigning more work than they had been previously.

Flowering fields are a nice place to relax during the spring season. (Creative Commons)

AP tests are looming in the near future, with final exams following closely behind.  Some students may begin to feel the effects of “spring fever,” and start to lose focus on their studies.  The Prospect has five tips for staying focused in spring: “study outside, make fun a reward, enjoy yourself, be held accountable, and get a list going.”  These tips can help students enjoy the spring season while still staying focused on their work as the year begins to reach its end.  

While pollen may distract students from their studies, spring is still a time when students can work to be productive and creative.  As spring break approaches, they have a reward to look forward to after working hard in classes for a continuous period of time.

Do you have spring allergies?

  • Yes, I use way too many tissues! (100%, 3 Votes)
  • No, not at all. (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 3

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