Moods shift as weather heats up


Auva Soheili

Carlmont students enjoy the warm day and sunny sky in the quad.

Auva Soheili, Staff Writer

For Californians, the emergence of warm sunny days means one thing: the wait is finally over!

The sun washes over the sky giving students the opportunity to switch up their wardrobe, improve their moods, or try to avoid the common sunburn.

“When there are more vibrant colors and brightness around me, it influences me to be more energetic. When it’s warm and the sky is blue I feel like the day is better, so my mood is happier,” said sophomore Sofia Vanlooy. “Also, I prefer summer clothes over winter clothes because there are more options and I can show off my style better.”

The preference for warm days is not uncommon for Bay Area residents since they experience around 254 sunny days each year while the average number of sunny days in the rest of the U.S.A. stands at 205 days.

Although due to climate change, Californians have experienced a drastic range of weather, from extreme drought to snow storms. Yet, the majority of Carlmont students continue to adore warm weather.

“Sunny weather makes me feel all happy because it’s beautiful outside,” said Andrew Eliopoulos, a sophomore. “I’m also more comfortable in warm weather clothes because they’re usually looser and more comfortable.”

For other students, the arrival of spring weather is not only about the changes in apparel. Rather, it provides a change of pace and an uplifting environment.

“I prefer warm weather because it positively affects my mood whereas cold and gloomy weather can make my depression worse,” said Abigail Alberti, a sophomore. “Being outside in the sun is the most amazing feeling, especially since it has been so cold.”

Of course, for the school’s student-athletes the hot weather creates some challenges.

Sophia Stone, a sophomore and a softball player on Carlmont’s JV team, said, “Although I prefer hot weather, I get really bad tan lines from playing softball, and sometimes I get light-headed because of the heat.”

Furthermore, other students dislike the heat because of the new daily difficulties they face.

“I love when it’s cold but sunny outside because it is easier to get warmer than become cooler,” said Samantha Kiyasu, a sophomore. “My house doesn’t have air conditioning so it gets pretty hot inside, which makes me feel sticky and just gross overall.”

However, these difficulties are usually overlooked as the highly anticipated weather has causes a cheerful buzz and gives students an incentive to end the year strong. The return of warm weather commences the countdown to summer break.

Alyssa Lang, a junior, said, “Hot weather reminds me of summertime, and it’s more stress-free because we get a break from school.”