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Editorial: At long last, Spring Weekend

Spring Weekend is back. This Friday and Saturday, for the first time since 2019, students will gather in person to hear performances from the likes of Flo Milli, Ari Lennox and Amaarae — screaming their hearts out to songs they may or may not know, taking a break from classes and work to hang out with friends all day and capping off the festivities with late-night meals at Josiah’s.

Though the concert was held virtually last year, only the senior class has experienced it in person. For first-years, sophomores and juniors, this year will be their first genuine Spring Weekend experience. The return of the beloved Brown tradition feels both bittersweet and celebratory — a reminder of the Spring Weekends we missed out on, but also a chance to renew our sense of community and afford ourselves some relaxation as the semester comes to a close.

With finals approaching, the concerts will be a welcome opportunity for students to take a break from their busy schedules and late night study sessions in the Rockefeller Library. It can be difficult to enjoy breaks without worrying about looming deadlines. But we encourage students to set aside those worries for a while and let themselves have fun — after a grueling semester and a tough few years, we all deserve it.

We are excited for the whole student body to come together and collectively experience Spring Weekend. In recent years, there haven’t been many traditions or events for all classes to participate in together in person.

And there’s something beautiful about the fact that for three classes of students, this experience will be a shared first — making it all the more memorable. This event is a chance to not only relax and reset but to connect with others before leaving for break. For seniors, this is a coda to their time at Brown, a way to celebrate ending classes with the people they came in with.

As Spring Weekend heralds the end of the semester, it also inspires us to look forward to the summer. All of us are in need of a break ― sophomores, in particular, who have had four semesters of classes in a row. We hope students will be able to relax this summer and return refreshed in the fall.

But until summer arrives, Spring Weekend will get us through these last few weeks of the semester. After two years of pandemic disruption, we shouldn’t forget the importance of making memories nor take our time on College Hill for granted.

Let’s put aside our work, connect with friends and take full advantage of this weekend.

Editorials are written by The Herald’s Editorial Page Board. This editorial was written by its editor Johnny Ren ’23 and members Catherine Healy ’22, Caroline Nash ’22.5, Augustus Bayard ’24, Devan Paul ’24 and Kate Waisel ’24.



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