Luck o’ The Howler: Good, Bad and Ugly
March is that strange time of year where most people are itching for the warm weather and sunshine to begin, but sometimes people aren’t quite ready. Spring officially started this month and some folks are hitting a school slump in anticipation of Spring Break, and some are nostalgically yearning for the rain to return. You wanted advice, so we did our best.
Dear Howler, spring has sprung and warm weather is creeping over my wardrobe, making it hard for me to wear the same coats and windbreakers I was used to this winter. What should I do to spice up my spring style?
Good: Well, now that it’s spring, it’s time to rotate your wardrobe! Exchange those sweaters for cute tees, those coats for cardigans. If you want, you can visit your local mall and take a glance at some new cute spring fashions for anything that might catch your eye. However, with cloudy days and soft April showers, spring can still be a chilly time, so you might want to hold on to some of those windbreakers for those remaining chilly days. Because you don’t want to freeze to death in Southern California’s frigid 60-degree weather, y’know.
Bad: Why shell out the big bucks for new clothes this spring when you can just make use of the winter clothes you already have? Jeans can become cutoffs, long-sleeved shirts can be fashioned into ragged Survivor-style t-shirts, and even windbreakers can be chopped into snazzy, parking monitor-esque vests. But if you don’t own a pair of scissors, have no fear. You can always trudge through the spring and summer just as you are, coated in all that furry bliss until you sweat so much you pass out. You won’t have to worry about your wardrobe if you die of heat stroke!
Ugly: Anything that covers up the travesty you call your face should work.
Dear Howler, March is always a weird time in the school year where there aren’t really any long weekends or breaks, and Spring Break is so close I can taste it. As a result, I feel like giving up on my work. How can I make sure my grades don’t suffer in this long academic haul?
Good: Just keep powering through, and keep an eye out for the light at the end of the tunnel! Hold on to the thought that Spring Break is waiting to greet us in the first week of April, but don’t lose sight of your academic goals. Study hard, try not to get behind on homework, and don’t fall into the trap of procrastination! Whether that means taking advantage of your tutorials, forming study groups with friends that will keep you motivated or doing your homework the day you get it, just try to keep yourself afloat so things will be easier for you in the long run. If anything, view Spring Break as your reward for all the hard work you put in during March!
Bad: Well unfortunately, there’s no cure for the “Spring Slump,” as I like to call it. All you can do is hope your teachers take it easy on you. Intellectually, you should know that’s not going to happen, but it’s always good to have hopes. Always. Even if your hope is that your teachers all mysteriously take an extra-long vacation and roll back around in…saaayyy…June?
Ugly: Why are you even still bothering to go to school? You’re a disappointment to your parents anyway.
Dear Howler, I signed up for my AP tests, but I’m super apprehensive for them, and I feel like I bit off more than I can chew. I hardly even have time to start studying for them now. Help!
Good: Remember that in this case, slow and steady wins the race. Start studying as soon as you can, but study in small chunks so that the information sinks in your brain. Dedicate a portion of your time solely for studying. Whether it’s a few hours during the weekend or 30 minutes a few times a week, if you start soon, you’ll be prepped and ready by the time AP tests roll around. As a result, you will have no need to be nervous, since all the information is locked in your head!
Bad: I realize that your parents already forked up the several hundred dollars these tests cost, so you must attend them. But just because you attend the test does not mean you must take the test. AP testing sessions are the perfect time to study for the three regular tests you will inevitably have that week. But don’t try and help the others around you, since they’ll set the curb and your score will be even more down in the dumps. That, and the whole Academic Dishonesty Policy, or whatever.
Ugly: Personally, I recommend lying on the floor and silently crying over a bowl of instant ramen.