The weekend of Spring Sing is without a doubt one of Harding’s busiest weekends. With families coming in from out of town, students running around in costume and prospective students touring campus, there is a lot of energy in the air. For some students, this is invigorating, for others, exhausting. Surviving Spring Sing weekend can be tough for some, but it does not have to be.
Sophomore Knights member Cayde Newton decided to skip the hassle altogether last year.
“Because my social club doesn’t do Spring Sing, I didn’t feel the need to stick around on campus,” Newton said.
Newton said he spent the weekend in Memphis with some friends in lieu of watching the performance.
“I definitely don’t feel like I missed anything,” Newton said. “Especially as a freshman, the tornado of people who show up for Spring Sing can be very overwhelming.”
Junior ensemble member Justice Laws said an attitude adjustment is the best way to combat being overwhelmed by the happenings on campus.
“Everyone is stressed, tired and sore,” Laws said. “You might as well be happy and do it together.”
He advised students not to spend time over the weekend worrying about the outcome but to enjoy the time they get to spend being silly with their friends.
“It sounds cheesy, but Spring Sing is about building relationships and coming together to present a show that best represents (your) club,” Laws said. “Winning isn’t important, it’s fun if it happens, but having that be the full purpose of your weekend is missing the point completely.”
For those participating, junior Spring Sing hostess Caroline Ritchie suggested making extra efforts to take care of both mind and body during this hectic time. She advised drinking plenty of water to keep your voice all weekend, and making sure to get enough sleep. Furthermore, she says to enjoy every moment of this special time on campus with your friends and family.
“Keep your priorities straight,” Ritchie said. “If your family is in town, make sure and spend time with them. If your friends are coming to see you, see them too. The performances are important, but so are the people coming to support you.”
Ritchie said to be sure to recognize that so many people work hard to put the show together, no matter how you feel about the change of environment on campus.
“We’ve all spent so much time making this show happen,” Ritchie said. “If Spring Sing isn’t your thing, that’s fine. If you need to get away, get away by all means. But whatever you do, recognize what a unique and special thing Spring Sing is for those who participate.”