The various circumstances of the pandemic pushed colleges across the nation to offer lenient grading opportunities for students in the spring semester in the midst of quarantine and the Covid-19 pandemic. At the College, it was no different. President Foster offered the ungraded option policy. But for the fall, that policy wasn’t renewed.
When the COVID-19 pandemic caused the College to close its campus and move classes online, students discovered these challenges along with many more. On top of normal studious habits, many are now adjusting to life in close quarters with their families.
Between the rising popularity of Netflix, Hulu and DisneyPlus, do students even watch television anymore? Even though the College provides access to cable through Philo TV, students may not necessarily need it. Every online platform offers a range of movies and shows for its viewers, from comedy to drama to romance.
Although spring break is coming up, many students are too overwhelmed to even think about it. Between midterms, projects and mid-semester progress reports, this time of year is difficult for any student.
The spring semester brings colder dorm rooms, tougher courses and new challenges, making it difficult to find a balance between living in the moment and looking forward to the next break. In an Oct. 2002 issue of The Signal, the former editor-in-chief reflected on what life as a senior means in terms of balancing school work, job applications and friends.
College is the time for exploring who you are and who you want to be. The best way to figure that out is by putting yourself out there and pushing your limits. I knew that when I came to the College, I wanted to take advantage of every opportunity and experience I could, and so far, I’ve done just that. One organization I’ve surprised myself in joining is All College Theater.
College students often face the inner debate of what to spend their money on and when it is appropriate to dip into their savings account when their debit card is running low. With Campus Town restaurants a short walk away and apps like DoorDash and GrubHub ready to deliver at 3:30 a.m. when the cravings hit, it’s important to think about our purchasing decisions and work on creating better spending habits.
Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. Bouquets are being wrapped, chocolates are selling out and dinner reservations are being made. This time of year is like no other, as friends and partners alike overthink their relationships and scramble to put together something agreeable.
At the College, many are preoccupied by 8 a.m. classes, hours of homework in the library and extracurricular activities. When we are surrounded by so much opportunity to prove ourselves, we often forget the importance of both fostering and maintaining relationships. It can be difficult to make time to have a social life, not to mention build a relationship with the person sleeping in the same room as you.
As we begin a new semester in a new decade, it’s about time we reflect on the good, the bad and the trendy. When looking back on cultural changes throughout the years, focusing on the evolution of fashion is inevitable. Are ladies wearing too high of heels? Are they cropping any new clothing? Are guys leaning toward dressier or more casual attire? In a fast-moving fashion world, today’s biggest trends will be out of style before we know it.