The Pink Flamingo Mailbox: How Do I Deal with Post-Spring Break Sadness?

As always, we welcome letters from our devoted readers. Here’s a sample of recent bit of mail.


Dear Pink Flamingo,


Every year, I have problems feeling motivated at school after Spring Break.  I don’t really know what to do.  I am supposed to come back all refreshed from my time away from classes, but it never feels that way.  How am I supposed to get through the final six weeks? 



Apathetic in Appleton  


Editors’ Note: At press time there were actually five weeks and four days left in the semester (i.e., 936 hours). 


Dear Apathetic,


Yes, this is a common problem following spring break. Whether you spent your break on the beaches of Honolulu or behind your desk at your full-time job, chances are you didn’t come back refreshed and ready to go but, rather, you are counting the weeks, days, and hours until this semester is over.

We would love to tell you that there is a complex psychobiological explanation for what you are feeling (e.g., some sort of post-vacation hormone imbalance associated with too much sun or too much sleep) but, chances are, it’s pretty simple…you got a taste of the good life, and now you want some more. I also wish I could give you a simple solution but, alas, there isn’t one. You might try what some veteran professors do. They just continue to go to class and give lectures throughout the week (we’re not sure if they notice the changes in class participation) so they don’t feel let down at the end of “break.” You could try something similar. Get up and go to class each day; raise your hand to ask a question (just don’t hurt yourself by keeping it up in the air too long – and don’t expect anyone to answer); make up an extra term paper assignment and pull an all-nighter to get it done in time; then collapse and enjoy your weekend. You’ll come back from “Spring Break” feeling like you do every Monday morning! Of course, maybe that wasn’t what you had in mind…if not, just put on your happy face, grin and bear it, and wait a mere 935 hours and 55 minutes. I bet you’ll feel much better then!  

The Human Development Diversity Course: Why Isn’t It Showing Up in SIS?

Attention all Human Development majors! Those of you who declared your major under the 2007-08 catalog or later have to complete a “diversity course.” Essentially, that means that you have to complete an additional class from the Ethnic Studies or World Culture General Education lists (beyond those you took to complete Gen Ed and not including PSYCH 440). Confused? Well, you’re not alone. In fact, SIS hasn’t quite figured this one out, either. In fact, it can’t. So…even if you have completed your additional diversity course, that slot will show up on your Degree Progress Report as unfulfilled. If you believe you have finished the requirement, please talk to your Human Development advisor. Then, either you or your advisor can contact the Registrar’s Office and ask them to manually enter the course into that slot. Please be patient, though. There are a lot of Human Development students – and that makes for quite a bit of work for an already-busy Registrar’s Office!

Call for Applications: The Fergus & Bonnie Hughes Scholarship for Human Development & Psychology

Two $500.00 scholarships are available for the next academic year. We welcome applications from students with majors in either Human Development or Psychology. Please send in a one page application to Dr. Gurung by April 30th. Your application should include your graduation date, GPA in the major and overall GPA, volunteer work and service to the community and university, and a short statement describing: a) your future plans, including what you will do with the knowledge you gained from your education and major, and b) your merits that make you a good candidate for this scholarship.

Careers of the Month: April 2009 Edition

Looking for a career in a business-related field? Explore these two interesting options!


Human Resource Specialist: This may be a great option for students who want to work in a business environment, have significant contact with people, and help them to understand and succeed in the workplace. An advanced degree is often necessary, as is training/experience in business. A human resource internship is also increasingly important. For more, see  


Retail Salesperson: Although a college degree is not required for these jobs, the Occupational Outlook Handbook indicates that having a degree can be helpful as individuals look to advance to management-level positions. Read more at: