March 1, 2007
…No, we don’t.
Back in high school, I always dreaded the month of March. Consider this: February has that President’s Week/Ski Week to make the month FLY BY (where was February this year?), while April has Spring Break. March has…four solid weeks of school, with nothing to really look forward to, unless you have a birthday or St. Patrick’s day is your cup of tea.
In college, I’ve now pushed this “dead period” up a few weeks to now: Mid-February to Mid-March. Although February goes by a little quicker, we are now headed into the dreaded Early March block. The two weeks before Spring Break is when professors seem to jump at the opportunity of assigning paper after paper, giving prelim after prelim. Kids are like Pavlovian dogs, salivating at the slightest hint of warm weather and a stress-free Spring Break.
What probably gets to all the students here during the “dead period” is the monotony of routine. These past few weeks have been VERY…how should I say it? Standardized? Could I venture “boring” as well? I wake up, go to class, go to practice, go home, repeat. Practice hasn’t been the most entertaining either. The team is in the midst of “winter training,” where we work hard indoors on the ergometers (rowing machines), the tanks, and weight lifting. It’s hard to keep your eye on the prize during this testing time, just because we AREN’T outside rowing in the snow, althought that would be an interesting sight to see–40 feet rowing shells trying to crack the ice on Cayuga.
Well, two more weeks until Spring Break, two more weeks of routine. Can’t be that bad, right?