Between the sudden increase of fruit flies, the return of birds, the budding gardens, the breaking out of new flip flops, and even the occasional spring-like weather spasm, it is evident to most that spring (or the closest to spring that we can expect in Utah) has arrived. Deep within the halls of the high schools, this time of year marks some critical points.
First of all, third quarter has ended. Like clockwork, the classic teacher lectures are sure to follow suit. The lectures, for those of you who aren’t familiar with them, generally follow something along the lines of, “I know that all of your teachers aren’t expecting you to work anymore since school is almost over. But just so you are sure, I am the exception to that rule. School ends when fourth term is over, and yada yada yada.”
Strangely enough, though we’ve heard this speech countless times before, it is always followed by groans, as though we didn’t know what was coming. I suppose it is the spring attitude giving us a flame of hope that perhaps this teacher will be the exception, and will actually ease off on the workload for once.
Of course, we have the drill down pat. Teachers talk tough because mandatory state tests are looming. In reality, though, many of those teachers end up getting spring fever as bad as their students, and teaching goes into steep decline point once core testing is over.
Regardless of the opinions teachers hold about when the real work should end, there are always those students who couldn’t care less. Once third term ends, so does all of the hard work and effort — in their minds, at least. It is the same pattern that accompanies “senioritis.” Whether they’re finished with three terms in a year or three years in high school, they are ready to be done by the time spring rolls around. For these students, their grades are often the worst by the time the school year ends.
Luckily, these students seem to be part of the minority. Many other students look to all of the lasts in fourth term as final challenges. With the end of either a high school career or a simply a school year comes the end of opportunities to prove ourselves, and oftentimes grades are never better. Academics are not the only changes that accompany teen life in the spring. Many of us infected with spring fever have specific strains of the disease, whether it’s PSF (prom spring fever) SBF (spring break fever) or IWSMRBOSF (I would so much rather be outside spring fever). Some unlucky students are affected with a mixture of all three, or their own unique brand of the disease.
No teen remains totally safe from the infamous spring fever. The high school halls rage with delirious students gushing about the latest gossip on weather patterns, dress styles and vacation plans. Trying to combat the worst of it, teachers begin the ceremonial cracking open of windows, and it seems to content the teens to an extent. However, the struggle to keep the attention on the crucial elements of a classroom is one that is often won by the distractions of spring.
Spring is a dangerous time at a high school. Teachers and teenagers alike often lose steam, and the weather outside the school makes the either overly heated or overly air conditioned classroom feel more like a prison. However, there are many teens that would argue that it is certainly the most wonderful season of the year.
Siera Gomez is a junior at Stansbury High School.