“Time for Spring:” Time for fourth quarter

Odi Opole, Web Editor

Before you start reading this, play the “Jaws” theme song in your head.
Got it? OK.
Third quarter’s ending — a harmless fact, right? Two months until summer, two months until freedom and two months until the carefree, sleep-till-2 p.m. attitude we’ve all missed over these long winter months.
However, (cue the “Jaws” theme song) this also means there are only two months left.
Two months until finals.
Two months until Advanced Placement exams.
Two months to get that low grade you weren’t really worried about back up to something your parents will be OK with.
Two months.
Second semester is always difficult because we go from a winter slump to spring fever in 0.5 seconds, and, somehow, grades and clubs end up slipping by the wayside. If you’re still feeling that “blah, who cares” feeling from the cold or if you’re already in a “sweet summertime” mood, these tips will get you re-energized and back on track for the rest of the semester.
Buy yourself some flowers: 
Or hang up a new poster in your room, or change up your bedspread or do something to break the monotony.
Sometimes, a little change is all it takes to get us pumped up and ready to go again, whether it’s the little smile you get from having a vase full of your favorite flowers on your desk or coming home to see that new poster on your wall.
Play Dress Up: 
That change-is-good mantra can apply to your wardrobe, too. Even if you’re a fashionista who mixes it up all the time, sometimes trying new combinations of clothes you already have can make you see them in a whole new light.
Or, you can try to start a new fad day. Maybe “Tank Top Tuesday” can give way to “Wedges Wednesday” or “Flannel Friday.” Just don’t judge the day by its name — alliteration is harder than it looks.
Make a new, pump-up playlist: 
One that doesn’t include Mumford and Sons, or any other folksy genius. There are lots of great artists and bands whose music is just too slow to ever energize you — I don’t care how incredible the lyrics are.
Get on Pandora, Spotify, Grooveshark or whatever you use to find new music and look up songs with a strong beat, uplifting lyrics and a melody you would love to hear on repeat.
For starters, try “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore, “Donald Trump” by Mac Miller and “Tightrope” by Walk the Moon.
Break Out the Call of Duty:
Sometimes, we just need to do some good ol’ fashioned zombie-slaying to get that extra energy out.
No matter what your game of choice turns out to be, if you enjoy it you’ll be able to relieve some of that excess tension and focus on your work afterwards.
Just don’t over do it and end up not doing any work at all, OK?
And better yet, exercise outside. When was the last time you rode a bicycle or roller-skated or even just got some fresh air? Unless you’re a dedicated track or cross country runner, my guess is that most of your exercise happens inside — inside a gym, your basement or the weight room. Even if you don’t exercise regularly, getting outside can be a pick-me-up, a study break or another opportunity to mix things up. Plus, when it’s sunny outside and not super-hot, walking is really nice.
Do Something Fun:
Spring Fever, rather than being an illness caused by spring, is really just the need to get up, get out and do something. So do it. Get a group of friends together and go out to dinner — and make it fancy. Or, organize an all-day tournament of some sort — basketball, Quidditch and Halo are all fair game for competition.
Go see a bad movie. Go to the aquarium at Crown Center. It doesn’t matter what you do, as long as you enjoy yourself and stay safe.