Putting the city over its average monthly rainfall, Wichita Falls received 2.58 inches of rain May 5 – 6 according to National Weather Service. And, although welcome, the rain has put students in a bind with finals approaching.
“With living off campus, the rain sometimes is so bad that it’s hard to drive to get to the school,” said Derek Oland, business senior. “I could study at home, but I always get distracted by my roommates or the TV, so I’d prefer to come to the library.”
“I study in my dorm room,” said Brooke Bottensek, business freshman. “My desk is right by the window, and with the rain pouring down it makes it hard for me to focus on my studies.”
For others, they found the rain to be relaxing and an excuse not to go to the library.
“The rain calms me down in a way,” said Abby Loehr, special education freshman. “Listening to the rain while I study, I feel like it helps me retain what I study better.”
Loehr said she loves the rain during finals because it meant she didn’t have to walk to the library and get distracted by everyone there. She said studying in the study rooms in Killingsworth helps her focus.
The overall opinion of the student seems to be more of a negative reaction to the rain at this time of the semester despite the disaster-level drought conditions.
“When I want to take a break from studying, I want to go outside and feel the sunshine,” said Tom Smith, geology sophomore. “With all this rain, I don’t even want to study, let alone go outside.”
The rain is discouraging a majority of the students to study for their finals.
“All this rain just makes me want to sleep,” said Sydney McAuliffe, nursing freshman. “I don’t even want to study, or risk getting soaked by walking to the library.”
The National Weather Service forecasts the thunderstorms to clear up by Sunday morning, just in time for finals.