The poet Thomas Nashe once wrote: “Spring, the sweet spring, is the year’s pleasant king. /Then blooms each thing, then maids dance in a ring, /Cold doth not sting, the pretty birds do sing: /Cuckoo, jug-jug, pu-we, to-witta-woo!”

He is talking, of course, about that one day in the year, usually at the beginning of September, when everything changes: you wake up to the sound of birds chirping outside your bedroom window. You walk towards the window and you are overwhelmed by the beautiful shade of blue you see. As you walk outside, the pretty pink and purple flowers, neatly arranged next to the sidewalk, brings a smile to your face.

Flowers blooming and birds singing, a clear indication: spring is finally here!

But spring means different things to different people. To some it may symbolise growth and renewal and to others it might mean change. It can be both a scary and an exciting time. Elizaveta Myltseva, a second year BCom student, says she loves spring: “I love the whole feeling you get when trees start to grow again. That makes me feel that life is just beginning. It is also nice because now you can finally go outside and tan.”

First year BSc and BIT students, Reshoketswe Maleka and Bonolo Motsepe, also love spring. Maleka says she pays a lot more attention to her wardrobe in spring time, “I try to wear lots of bright colours plus I wear a lot of short things which means less laundry to do.”

Motsepe, on the other hand, loves spring because the “hot guys come out to play”.

“Spring means that girls will wear a lot of short clothing. I like to look at their legs because there is always something good to see,” says second year BA student Ruan van Niekerk.

James Dladla, a third year BCom student, feels differently: “I like spring, but the only problem is that I usually get hay fever around this time.”

So close your eyes and breathe in the fresh air. Let the warm breeze blow through your hair and allow yourself to take in the new beauty of your surroundings.

And then maybe take a word of advice from Robbin Williams, who said, “Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’ ”

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