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Spring Break

I can't believe it's spring break next week. And I'm sure I'm not alone in being surprised at how suddenly the semester has flown by. A major part of that is due to the frequent cancellation of classes at the beginning of the semester. I don't have any Monday classes, so I never had to worry about that, but my Tuesday class didn't meet a couple of times. And even now, six weeks into the semester, it feels weird to go to class on both Tuesday and Thursday (which is my normal schedule).

It's been even weirder for me because I still compare every day to Montana. I lived in Montana my whole life, and while it's a big enough state that each part of Montana is very different from another, it still feels like a place where one can speak for the state as a whole. Montana gets plenty of snow (as I think I've said before), but they rarely get snow storm after snow storm after snow storm. And as far as I know, we don't name ours.

By this time in Montana, most of the snow would have melted. We'd have the occasional flurry to bring back an inch or two, but it would be largely nice outside, and the prickly brown grass would be peeking through. Here, I'm trying to figure out where my friends who are staying with us for a little bit while they find a place (they moved from Montana too!!) are going to park their car. Parking bans might not be in effect, but the snow mounds pretty effectively rule out parking anywhere near my house.

In all my attention to the life parts of my life, I feel like I've put school on a separate burner. When I need to do my reading, I do it. When I need to pick up 39 books from the library, I go do it. But this semester seems to be different from my last semester. I don't have to read any novels, so I've been enjoying reading those for pleasure. At the same time, because I don't have to read any novels for school, I detach from my "school" thought pattern more.

I don't know if that's a good or bad thing, but it's something I've been thinking a lot about lately. I didn't have to worry about balance so much last semester, but this semester has been a lot of using a planner and trying to be more involved in my school-self. How do you balance the multiple facets of your life? Does it get easier or harder with season changes? Let me know in the comments!

All the best--Hayley

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An Open Letter to Snow

Dear Snow,

You have been very busy these past two months, my dear friend. Since the end of January, not a week has passed where you haven't unleashed yourself upon the city of Boston. I wonder, is this perhaps retaliation of some kind because the meteorologists were predicting a mild winter? Or perhaps, you simply enjoy covering Boston in your snowy blankets, changing the city into a winter wonderland? Whatever your motivation for delivering snow storm after snow storm upon my beloved city of Boston, I write to you today, as strong winds howl outside my apartment creating clouds of white, to ask you for leniency.  Enough is enough. Please, can we not have anymore snow?
I am fully aware that writing this plea to you is most likely folly, but with 45.5 inches of snow as today (according to, a plea such as this can't hurt. And yes, that's right: 45.5 inches. That's a lot of snow, especially in such a short amount of time. Let me list a just a few of the things that these 45.5 inches have caused thus far.
1. Simmons College has had five snow days thus far; there are students who have not yet had a Monday class! 
2. The city has had to shut down the MBTA three times now. While I have to luxury of being able to walk to all the places I need to get to in case of an emergency, the same cannot be said of others. The closure of the MBTA has inconvenienced a lot of people. 
3. ICE. Just ice.
4. The massive piles of snow created by the city's plows are just that, MASSIVE. They have narrowed sidewalks, trapped in cars, and making the daily practice of walking feel like one is constantly climbing over Everest. They will probably be here until May.
5. Being snowed in so often is very boring. I am literarily running out of homework to do in my spare time.
Snow, I love you, and I am sure that many other people in Boston (especially kids) love you too, but I think the city has had enough for one year. I am aware that more snow is due to hit the city this week but maybe I don't think anyone would complain if the snow DIDN'T happen to fall. I know it seems like I am asking a lot, but consider it. Maybe, for just one week in February, it doesn't have to snow in Boston?
I think I speak for everyone when I say: Please, don't snow on Boston anymore.
Thank you,
Jill Silverberg

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