Most of us look forward to Spring Quarter! Warmer days, our beautiful campus in bloom, and summer just around the corner! But what about the summer internship applications, the stress of graduation, or maybe the nerves about a big change in our schedules. Read more to hear about Peer Educator’s feelings about the double edged sword of Spring Quarter.


by Kyle Retzer

So it’s Spring quarter, the last of the year (unless you’re taking summer classes, of course) and there are many just about to graduate and many are rounding out their first year at UCSC. But as it is spring quarter, that entails a lot of work ahead for each and every one of us.

Housing apps are just around the quarter so we need to start figuring that out, summer break may mean it’s time to get a job, time to look into research or internships, or whatever else there may be. Although the world may seem to be speeding up this time of year, it’s important to take the time to enjoy it and slow down in this fast paced world.

A key way to slow down the pace of the world and enjoy life a bit more is by using mindfulness. For one, don’t try to take everything on all at once. Although it might seem that there isn’t enough time for everything, try to remind yourself that you can handle it and there we have time and options to getting things done. Remember that each time you finish one little thing, it gets you that much closer to accomplishing what you want to do.

Another thing to do is not to focus on the past or future, but rather the present. I know it sounds cheesy, but it’s true. While it is important to acknowledge future goals or past successes and failures, it is not healthy to dwell on them and let them greatly impact your life. Living in the present, and not dwelling on these things might just help you get to where you want to be in the future that you are ever so focused on.

This is the only time you will be a college student, so take the time to appreciate your life in this moment, as a college student. Enjoy being able to stay up late talking to friends, taking classes that you really enjoy, living on such a beautiful campus, etc. There are so many cool, unique experiences that we get here as college students that not everyone gets, so let’s try to appreciate them. There will always be things we need to get done as college students and young adults, but don’t forget to stop and admire the spring weather and the beautiful place we live in…and dare I say it, stop to smell the roses!