Why Are There Fewer Parties in the Spring Semester?

Jemma Provance

Everyone feels the campus excitement when arriving back to school in the fall. People are seeing their friends again, fall sports are often in full swing, and homecoming arrives swiftly roaring around the corner. It’s a small wonder, then, that just about every weekend a stroll through campus in the still-balmy evening hours is pleasantly serenaded by thumping speakers and the occasional colored party lights glowing out the apartment windows.

Why, then, the sudden drop as months wear on into the academic year? Students report that in comparison to the lively fall semester, the spring semester is as dark as the natural state of the universe, though perhaps not in so many words. What is the cause of this disparity in students’ tendency to “turn up?”

A short consideration may shed some light on the topic. As mentioned before, the fall semester is full of reasons/excuses to celebrate, with sports and fall events. In addition, as mentioned by senior educational studies major and Party Rev representative Josh Klimek, the years of the students might also be responsible. Freshmen arriving to college for the first time are excited to explore new opportunities and get college experience under their belt. He himself reports being excited to see and hang out with people he hadn’t seen all summer.

The well-attended fall semester parties are thrown more often by houses full of people who have gone through Party Rev and know how to throw safe and awesome parties, making for a “really awesome party culture, on and off campus,” according to Klimek

So what of the winter months? Klimek said it comes down to weather and responsibilities. If it hurts to be outdoors, it’s going to be more difficult to throw and attend parties. This is doubled, Klimek says, by the fact that there tends to be a heavier load of responsibilities in the spring semester, and that upperclassmen will sometimes prefer going out to bars instead of seeking out campus parties.

All in all, it’s good to know that we have a safe party system in our school, and that the workload of the spring semester drives people to the loving arms of their books instead of their drinks.