Just like the snow, the semester comes and goes
By EG Manilag, Staff Writer
In the first week of classes, there’s one thing that all three of my instructors agree on that bothered me most: winter semesters finish in a heartbeat. I’m kind of weirded out as to why that is, given that it’s my first-ever winter semester in college. Now, the big question—what is it that makes winter semesters whiz by?
Most may think the answer is due to the likelihood of college cancellations due to adverse weather conditions, making the semester short. Well, that thought is partly correct. From what I have observed, the main reason why winter semesters finish faster than any other academic term is the hangover-like effects they create. You know those tv shows and movies that depicting a person getting drunk and then suddenly the screen shifts into a scene where it’s already morning? That’s exactly how winter semesters work! It’s dark, cold, and you’re tired—you sleep a lot, and then you wonder where the time went!
When both campuses cancelled classes on Wednesday January 15, my twin and I felt relieved. Finally, we thought, we can rest. Unfortunately that wasn’t the case… because we had to shovel the snow. It didn’t end there, we had to put in the effort to properly spread the salt too. Instead of making that class cancellation work to our advantage, it became the opposite. After working outside in the snow, the tiredness kicked in and the cold made me sleepy. Nothing much I could do but follow what my body wanted at that time: a good, long nap… which felt like it went on for about four days or so.
Fast forward to today, the snow has melted and it’s rainy, and now I have a lot to do—a LOT of things to do, I tell you. I still have unfinished readings and I haven’t made a single draft for my term papers. The inevitable snow hangover got me good. Wintertime escalated so fast. It felt like I was knocked out cold. Winter semesters do finish fast. They’re so fast, it’s like they’re trying to beat you the finish line.