Shannon Moran Blog and Social Media Editor, The Elm
It’s January 21st, the first day of classes for the brand new semester here at Washington College. It’s bitterly cold and there are the last remnants of snowfall on the ground. We are preparing for the coming months, making resolutions to study longer, add more extracurricular activities to our schedules, and skip less classes. There is excitement in all of this, but soon January will begin to bleed into even more January, and it can be easy to get lost in all of the cold and grey and monotony. The Spring semester at WAC is a strange one. It holds so many of our most beloved traditions, with events to look forward to as far as the eye can see, but it is also bogged down at the beginning with the most uninspiring stretch of winter. We have to make it through the cold to get to the days when hammocks pepper the campus as you stroll to class in your most dependable shorts and t-shirt. It is not always easy, but it IS always worth it. This semester hosts Birthday Ball, Shorefest, and, yes, even May Day. There is much to be excited about. Brave through the cold. Don’t get uninspired. Study hard, add those extracurriculars, and, on days where it feels below zero outside, still try to make it to that class. You deserve to succeed. And, in this new semester, I challenge you to be kind to others, be kind to yourself, and remember that the sun will come, if we just keep going.
Best of luck,
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