A Turn in the Semester
Blogger: Nina Greenebaume
A couple weeks ago, we had spring break here at Occidental. Oxy students traveled near and far; among my friends, some traveled home, some stayed on campus to complete work, some traveled with their Occidental sports teams and extra-curricular groups, while others traveled with friends to locations including the Grand Canyon, Sedona National Park and Hawaii. My week included a combination of several mini-adventures: time with family in Southern California and Portland, followed by time with friends in central California.
Now, as I write this post from the Academic Commons at Occidental, I reluctantly must admit that spring break is coming to a close. Sunday evening at the tail end of the week is an interesting time on campus. Students begin trickling back to the library, preparing for the week. However, there is a sense of calm on-campus. That is not to say that the coming academic week is not filled with midterms, papers and projects, but the break always seems to rejuvenate the student body, preparing them for the academic demands of the final eight weeks of the semester.
The beauty in spring break is in its timing. Immediately following the first week of midterms, the week-long break is always much welcomed by the Occidental student body. Further, without fail, the weather always changes over the course of the week, with students returning to a Los Angeles at 85-90 degrees. The break, and change in the weather, signify a turn in the semester.
As a senior, this spring break felt much different than in years past, marking the beginning of the final segment of my Occidental career. However, it was my favorite spring break in that myself and my friends and peers seemed to enjoy it even more fully with this understanding. The coming weeks for most seniors will be filled with completing final assignments and our senior comprehensive projects, but also enjoying the Occidental campus and community, and reflecting on our past four years spent here. Spring break, this year, marked the transition into the final leg of our time at Occidental.