Trying to stay sharp in spring

Although cold temperatures and snowdrifts still persist throughout Greenwich, winter’s hold upon the weather is supposed to grow more and more tenuous as we soldier on through March.

However, the hope that this winter will ever end seems to grow dimmer and dimmer each day as I watch the baseball team spend its preseason indoors and I see lacrosse players continue to choose sweatpants over shorts. In my eyes, the only bright spot that shines through the prolonged cold is the fact that my body clock still thinks it’s winter, meaning that I have yet to completely lose the ability to be productive.

My mind navigates the school year in the same way that most others do. I break it up into seasons. In the fall, I can push myself to work based on the fact that I’ve had a whole summer to goof off and that slacking will leave me scrambling to get myself together before midterms. I can focus during the winter because conditions are so consistently inhospitable and bland that anything new or even slightly divergent from the norm is intriguing enough to hold my attention.

Come springtime, however, the combination of being burned out from schoolwork and being closer to summer than I’ve been in what seems like an eternity makes the prospect of being attentive seem more like a punishment than it is a necessity. So, like clockwork, spring comes along and every year my eyes drift from the easel board to the windowsill, not only further decreasing the pace at which the days go by but throwing my GPA into a tailspin.

Knowing how rapidly I usually descend into this nearly comatose state of mind, the prolonged winter has granted me a stay of my fate. This additional buffer has proven long enough for me to find a way to spare myself the slow and unproductive crawl through spring by planning ahead for next year.

Shocking as it may be, the constant swirling of the polar vortex, combined with the figurative swirling of the college vortex, left me no other option than to give up hope for the present and make plans to get ahead when the skies cleared.

I began my offseason workout schedule for football earlier this year than I ever have in the past. I looked into prospective internships for this summer. I wrote an application for the Brunswick School Peer Leadership Program and I was even able to book myself a spot on a religious retreat with a local faction of a national youth seminary known as FOCUS.

While all of my planning ahead can certainly be lost in the two week long vacuum that is spring break, whatever semblance of direction it grants me in the meantime could be all that I need to convince myself that idle hands do the devil’s work and continue filling my plate.

A little bit of direction might just be enough to convince myself, and possibly others, that a spring spent looking towards the easel board goes by quicker and turns out better than one spent longingly gazing at the calendar right next to it.

 

Christopher Lucey is a junior at Brunswick School.

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