Lent update

Lent and the Christian religion, which guides the principles of the season, is not only a religious custom. It has become a tradition and custom to those who wish to resist temptation in general.

Whether it is to give up drinking coffee, stop smoking or discontinue procrastinating, Lent is a 40-day span in which many people attempt to rid themselves of something negative in their lives.

Peyton Heishman, a freshman biochemistry major at Wilkes University, said his Lenten sacrifice was to give-up “sweets,” such as candy, soda and things made with sugar.

Neishman commented, “I will surely keep my Lent promise until Easter.”

Trent Force is another student who has stayed true to Lent, making a personal promise to give up drinking tea.

“All kinds of tea,” Force added, citing his excessive drinking of tea.

However, some of those who were questioned about their Lenten promises were disappointed that they weren’t able to fulfill them due to the intensity of school and work.

Both Corene Parish and Chelsea Brodrick, who are enrolled in the accelerated nursing program at Wilkes University, expressed that despite their wishes, they could not commit to their Lenten give-ups like coffee and processed food.

“It sucks because I don’t have time because of school,” Brodrick said.

Parish iterated the intensity of the accelerated nursing program and going to school itself for not observing the custom of Lent.

Observing Lent is solely a Christian tradition but the idea of Lent can also be observed as a social custom. While some refrain from small things and temptations like candy, coffee and spending too much time online, others refrain from Lent, as well, and for good reason.

For those who cannot wait to release themselves from the chains of Lent, fear not. Easter is just around the corner.