If you’re like most students at Jamestown Community College, you’re cold. Yes, folks, it’s a harsh and brutal winter out there, and what a beautiful winter it has been! If JCC were located just 1,000 miles south toward the tip of Florida where the beaches are warm and the sun is shining, it would practically be the best community college with the greatest year-round location! Yet no matter how many times I’ve dreamt of hot sun caressing my skin on these bitter days, I’ve come to the realization that it’s all just wishful thinking. There’s optimism out there though! Just think – in only three months the birds will be singing, the flowers will be in bloom, and we won’t have a bit of cold to worry about. No matter how much we love our UGG’s, flouncy scarves, and thick jackets, I think it will be best for all of us to let it all go until next winter saunters around the corner in December.
With spring come lots of wonderful and exciting things for students at JCC. For starters, there’s the performance of the newest play in town, Wait Until Dark. Then we could branch out further by mentioning that baseball season will soon be here (GO JAMMERS!) and that graduation for those hard-working sophomores will be approaching at an unimaginable speed. Then there’s the usual stuff – late night walks around campus, watching the stars, Earth Day, bike rides, magnificent speakers, and most importantly: SPRING BREAK! It’s almost too enjoyable to look so far into the future at times.
Then again, life isn’t about looking toward the future now, but using now to build your future later. While it seems like your best bet is to close your eyes and dream up a paradise full of sand and warmth with not a care in the world, that’s not the reality we Western New York college students live in. Right now we need to focus on staying healthy, studying hard, and keeping those grades up. While staying attentive to the present, spring break will approach much more quickly than you think.
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