You look outside and your stomach growls. It’s so late, how did I miss dinner? Oh, wait. It’s only 4:15 pm, but it’s darker than a solar eclipse. Come November, the hours of sun are rather limited up at Colby. Fortune does not favor those who begin class at 2:30 because when it ends at 3:45, the sun has already begun its descent below Mayflower Hill and the moon has begun to rise above the treeline.
Around this time it’s easy to get the late semester doldrums. You’re either so swamped with your second round of midterms going into Thanksgiving or you finished them up a week ago. On the first hand, you couldn’t be more stressed and on the verge or in the middle of some multi-symptomatic flu/strep psycho-hybrid. On the second hand, you just had that a week ago and the only thing on your agenda is eleven hours of sleep a day until Thanksgiving break. Either way sunlight is not a large factor in anyone’s life. If you’re studying all the time, you’re lucky if you take a study break outside. If you’re catching up on sleep, you probably wake up, go to class and then it’s already dark.
So here are a few tips to beat the doldrums. 1) Vitamin D. Vitamin D is synthesized through the skin from the sun. Ten minutes in the sun gives you approximately 10,000 IU of vitamin D, which is great for your hormones, your happiness levels and overall zest for life. 2) Hope. Hope is synthesized in the brain when Thanksgiving break is right around the corner. Hold on for just a few more days and you’ll be able to sleep 15 hours a day, eat turkey and see friends and family. 3) Drop everything. This is probably not the best advice, but I hear both the Caribbean and the Alps are nice this time of year. Pick your poison. Either way, Jan Plan will be here just after Christmas break!