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With the effects of Coronavirus rippling across campuses throughout the world, our spring semester at BU being canceled was a sad event, but not a unique one. With everything going on in the world, a lighter note seems to be called for. It only seems right to reminisce on all that we’re missing with the spring semester moving to remote teaching.

Homework on Com Lawn

The annual convergence on Com Lawn after classes will be sorely missed. Gone are the days of sipping overpriced Starbucks Cold Brews that you spent your last dining points on (or weaseled one of your friends into buying for you). Even though we never really got much work done on those sunny benches, that was kind of the whole point.

Darty Szn

Going to school in Boston is tough. Most of the year, it’s dark and dreary. Getting out of class to be greeted by pitch black and freezing cold rain, only to have to trudge home on the packed, unreliable BU bus or walk 20 minutes is less than ideal, to say the least. The party scene at BU often involves an overcrowded, sweaty basement that invariably smells of sweat and cheap beer (can anyone say Natty Light?). BU’s saving grace is the spring semester: a time of flowers blooming and the vitamin C we’re denied for most of the year. This sunny spirit is encapsulated in the Darty season that comes roaring around in April. This year, instead of our beloved Darty Szn, we suffered the fall semester in exchange for spotty Zoom sessions every day. A horribly unfair trade, I’d say.

St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day at any school is a big, day-long event. At BU, however, we have an advantage given that we go to school in Boston. St. Patty’s Day in Boston is a big deal, to say the least. We plan our outfits a week in advance and raid any dollar store within our vicinity for the best accessories. The party starts early. I’m talking about 9 or 10 in the morning, and it doesn’t end until well into the evening. Whether you go to the parade, a full-blown darty, or a kickback, St. Patty’s is always something to look forward to. We almost made it to St. Patty’s before classes were moved remotely but alas, it was not meant to be this year. The projections for raging next year are looking even higher because of all the pent-up celebration that has nowhere to go.

Sunbathing on the BU Beach

BU Beach is an annual tradition that we all love. Our little expanse of greenery is the closest any of us will come to the Beach in Boston. It’s like Com Lawn, only 10 times better. The GSU is right next door, so it’s easy to grab lunch and bring it out to the Beach every single day after class. What’s difficult is getting any work done during the second half of the spring semester. A semester of the birds chirping on the BU Beach and watching people play frisbee/football is something that we can never regain.

MarMon

Patriot’s Day, more popularly known as Marathon Monday, or MarMon, is the biggest party day of the year. If you pay any attention whatsoever, you can feel the anticipation building weeks in advance. Some students choose to watch the marathon itself; it’s a fun option if partying isn’t really your thing. Unlike many other holidays, MarMon is ours. While other schools have beaches and nice weather and year-round dartying, we have MarMon. The partying begins early and ends late—if you make it that far, that is. I, myself, had to take a power nap last MarMon. Allston becomes absolutely flooded with BU kids all looking for a good time. Last year, students congregated outside of a mostly student-filled apartment complex, and I swear to you, I ran into everybody I had ever met at BU. It’s one of the most fun events of the year, and it’s a damn shame that we missed it. 

While it’s fair to be sad about missing a semester we were all looking forward to, let’s look on the bright side. These are annual traditions so next year, we can crush it even harder than we planned to this year. I can’t wait to be back on campus, experiencing all the college milestones that we missed this semester. 

 

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Brianna is a sophomore at BU studying International Relations with a concentration in the Middle East and North Africa.
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