From syllabus week all the way to the last final before summer, spring semester brings a whirlwind of emotions. Unlike fall semester, which provides us with an easy-going atmosphere that allows for free time, mental stability and beautiful holiday weather, spring hits us with an absurdly fast-paced four months. From taking shots on Panama City Beach to getting pranked on April Fools, the memories made during spring semester last a lifetime. What better songs to describe those memories than these?
1. “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin
We’re riding the vacation high until probably around late February. So what’s next? Syllabus week comes along and keeps us sane. Fall may have summer break, but it will never compare to the battery recharge winter break provides students. We catch up on sleep and let blood run through our veins instead of coffee. During this first week, we’ll kick it on our couches, throw our syllabi in the trash and just relax. Just give us a week until we get hit with the first pop quiz of the semester
2. “The Motto” by Drake
YOLO may be out of style, but after a few drinks on St. Patty’s day, we’ll be yelling it all night. If you didn’t wake up on a roof or accidentally get a tattoo of the Kool-Aid Man on your stomach, did you really party during Spring Semester? St. Patty’s Day only comes once a year, so treat it as such and drink a whole gallon of green beer. The new year means everyone gets to have a birthday once again, so forget about staying home on the weekends. We only get to experience college once, so we might as well live it up the best we can.
3. “Only the Good Die Young” by Billy Joel
Eventually, the day when we get sucker punched by all our classes will come. “Honestly, I like to not stress myself with homework because in the long run I’m going to have memories of the times I was out living life rather than staying cooped up at home stressing over a paper,” said Florida International University junior Gaby Ortega. Start cracking open an ice cold beer, turning on ESPN and sinking deep into the couch cushions to hide from all the mean professors. Take a nap, champ, you deserve it.
4. “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” by Frank Sinatra
I don’t know about you, but I freaking miss the winter. Spring brings worries of frizzy hair and intense amounts of sweat. Come August, finding a singular bead of sweat on our brows will be near impossible due to the crisp 62 degrees and flowing breeze. Ugly sweaters and Charlie Brown sad Christmas trees don the world of college students, creating an atmosphere that’s nonexistent come March. Please, can’t it just be the fall semester again?
5. “SHOTS” by Lil Jon
Spring break—the one week where partying matters. College students stream to every beach on the planet, ready to do some real damage. We down shots, throw 2 a.m. beach bonfires and make impromptu trips to the nearest theme park. Spring break also happens to be the only week where it’s totally acceptable to not actually go in the water. We replace water with rum, and vodka fuels our bloodstreams. In this paradise, Spanish tests are the least of our concerns.
6. “Help!” By The Beatles
We kept telling ourselves to study for that Spanish test for just a few hours over spring break, but alas, we didn’t. “This spring semester has been a scramble for what I want in my life. I switched my major in fall semester and halfway through my spring semester I realized I wanted to switch my major again. Keeping up with classes and projects for a major I don’t even wish to pursue anymore has been strenuous,” said University of Florida freshman Elexa Suarez. You better send an email to the entire class with the subject line “Help!” asking them for some last minute cramming help in the hallway. Don’t worry, you’ve been to class plenty of times—you do go to class, right? Oh man, this is going to be ugly.
7. “Sleepyhead” by Passion Pit
Sleep? What’s that? You’re drowning in term papers and a plethora of tests that continuously bombard you week after week. Quick naps at the library are the only source of energy you’ll be receiving the closer you get to finals week. “I literally get no sleep throughout the semester. I wake up at 6 a.m. everyday and go to bed like at 3 a.m. if I’m lucky because I have so much sh-t to do. I look forward to summer because I only take one or two classes and I can sleep through the last six weeks,” FIU student Evelyn Rodriguez said. Summer is almost here, so keep on keeping on, kiddo. You’ll be sleeping so much that eventually you’ll get tired of it.
8. “Let It Go” by Idina Menzel
Paranoia fills the air during the month of April—just the way a pranker likes it. On the first day of the month, acquaintances get hit with the casual Whoopi cushion or buzzing gum. Close friends will shave half of their buddy’s mustache. Phones will be spammed with pictures of Nicholas Cage circa 2005. “One year, I made a pyramid of cups full of water and put it in front of y roommate’s door, so he had to remove each one before he could enter his room. Cups: $20. Watching my roommate furiously move cups over and over again: Priceless,” said FSU junior William Fallar. Heads up in advance for next year: Please forgive me for moving your mattress and hiding it in the shower.
9. “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor
The last week of the college year brings sleep deprivation and pure insanity, but this is where we all need to power through to the very end. I mean, what’s so bad about five days straight of not sleeping, drinking five gallons of coffee and learning five million bits of information? The finish line is in sight, so focus as hard as you can and give it one final push. “Spring semester has been pretty stressful with all the research papers, projects, and community service I had to do for my classes. Trying to juggle both school and my performances has proven to be difficult at times but I don’t let that stop me from getting things done,” Miami-Dade College freshman Chris Cheng said.
10. “Au Revoir” by The Front Bottoms
Another semester is in the books, and it’s time to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Take the next few months to start relaxing and preparing for the upcoming fall. Enjoy each semester as much as possible despite the numerous struggles, because there’s only so many left.