Spring finally here -- and none
Editor's note: This was written
before graduation day.
By Jennifer Easton
May 6, 2009 | Break out the flip-flops and tanning
lotions. Spring is finally here.
It's been a long time since we've been able to enjoy
the consistent sunshine and calm weather here in Cache
Valley, but is this Spring Fever going around campus
having a positive or negative effect on students?
Monica Moffitt and Lindsay Pett of Murray, Utah, are
freshman at USU and have noticed a change as of late
that they believe has a good deal to do with the change
in the weather.
"Last week, Monica and I were so excited about the
warm weather that we put on our sweatbands and ran down
to Aggie Blue Bikes and rented bikes for a day," a laughing
Pett recalled Thursday afternoon while laying out on
her blanket and studying outside of the Lundstrom Center
for upcoming finals.
Moffitt and Pett have never before used Aggie Blue
Bikes nor have they ever had an interest in bringing
bikes up to school. "It was really random, but we just
feel like being outside so much more lately," Pett commented.
Both girls agreed that the drastic change in the weather
was the reasoning behind their spontaneous 24 hours.
"I'm pretty sure we biked about eight miles on Tuesday
alone, we were gone for about four hours just riding
around Logan," Moffitt added. The two rode the bikes
to their Supplemental Instruction classes, the grocery
store and to all their classes on Wednesday.
With finals coming up, both Moffitt and Pett also
said that the brightened weather has enhanced their
ability to study and focus on taking their finals, as
though the things they study are easier to retain.
However, not all students feel the same way. Malerie
McDougal of South Jordan, Utah, is one who feels very
differently from Moffitt and Pett.
McDougal feels that the weather changes have made
it much more difficult to be motivated enough to study
for all her finals. "I just want to go outside and play,
I can't focus on a textbook to save my life right now,"
McDougal admitted while cooped up in the Library on
a Thursday afternoon.
Studies nation-wide have reported that spending time
outside being active has been linked to better grades,
better behavior and better health. Along with having
a clearer mind, spending time outdoors has also been
linked to people becoming more open to change, influenced
by the natural change from winter to spring itself.
Courtney Hales of Murray, Utah, feels that the drastic
change in weather has set her more at ease not only
in her educational goals, but in her romantic life as
Hales and her boyfriend, Lloyd Winkelman, began dating
steadily three weeks prior to them both starting school,
Winkelman at BYU and Hales at USU. The long-distance
relationship has had its ups and downs according to
"Things between Lloyd and I seemed to get bumpy any
time we discussed our future during the winter time,"
Hales reported, "I just feel so much more relaxed about
it all now."
Hales said that the spring just makes her brighten
up and think clearer. She also says she feels more open
to making big commitments and a lot calmer about big
"Lloyd and I are able to communicate better and it's
like we just get closer everyday to taking the next
big step," Hales said, "He even came up to help me clean
my apartment and stuff while I studied for finals this
week-I never thought he would do something like that
Because people have clearer mind-sets during the spring
time, like Hales said, communication between couples
becomes enhanced and couples are more likely to be willing
to entertain ideas of becoming more committed and even
in many cases agree to marriage.
While many would blame the random changes in relationships
on individual's plans for the summer as the reason for
getting engaged or progressing relationships forward,
it seems reasonable to assume that the change in weather
has had some responsibility in that too.
Although the spring may be causing some slight delays
in study habits right before finals week, it seems that
its positive effects on students seem to far outweigh
the possible negativities. So go ahead, take a break
from studying and enjoy the sunshine. You may just benefit
from that Spring Fever!