Carpe diem, it’s leap year

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  • Leap day was created in order to keep our calendars in alignment. This is due to the fact that the sun orbits the Earth every 365.242 days.
  • According to, if we didn’t add a day on Feb. 29 every 4 years, we would lose almost six hours off our calendar every year. After only 100 years, our calendar would be off by approximately 24 days.

The concept of leap year has been around for centuries.  Ancient Egyptians are perceived to be the creators of the momentous year. With a little bit of help from the Queen of the Nile Cleopatra, Julius Caesar adopted what we now know as the 12 month calendar year.

An extra day of studying won’t be the only thing students will be doing to celebrate this uncommon day. Students are taking it upon themselves to do as the Romans do and “carpe diem.”

“This extra day may give me an extra opportunity to work out and look good for the warm seasons,” says Student AJ Young.

SLCC Student Kristen Leonard believes the day should be seized and not wasted.

“I would go on vacation,” says Leonard. “After all, who would want to spend their extra day working or doing the same old mundane daily routine? But, the 29th falls on a Wednesday, which means I’ll most likely be working; doing the same old mundane routine.”

Leap Day is said to be the only occasion in which women can propose marriage to men.

“My friends, Natalie and Ryan Stephens, have been married for about 7 years,” says Leonard. Two leap years ago, Natalie proposed marriage to Ryan because she heard some myth about Leap Day being the only day that women can propose to men, so she did.”

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