As I looked out my window the other day and saw people wearing winter hats and scarves I thought now would be the appropriate time to address how to combat inclement weather while at school. So buckle up, folks.
Summer has come and gone and winter is catching up at a rapid pace. When December rolls around you can be one of the few brave (albeit stupid) souls who still decides to wear shorts in single-digit temperatures, but preparing for winter’s worst is worthwhile in the long run.
Mom isn’t there anymore to make sure you have your hat, gloves, jacket and boots on. Like almost everything else about college, you are on your own now. If you didn’t bring at least a light coat and a winter hat when you moved in, now would be the time to crash the local department store and scout the options. If you’re lucky, there might be a sale on a particular you’ve been looking for.
This time of year is rather difficult for commuters; having a car on campus seemed like a swell idea in September with the sunroof open and music blasting, but the snow can turn things ugly fast. Do your homework -- check the local weather a few days in advance to see if there are any extreme weather alerts. It would be a good time to carpool with a fellow classmate to and from classes so you don’t need to spend every morning digging your car out of a snow pile.
Whereas not having a car while living on campus certainly makes combatting poor weather a bit easier, but there should be an asterisk next to that statement. Students who don’t drive need to plan ahead like those who do drive. You will need to check the forecast the night before class or first thing in the morning to see if extra time will be needed getting to class. Most professors will be understanding if you are a few minutes tardy because of the commute, but don’t make a habit out of it.
I remember the first significant snow in Milwaukee last year was Dec. 1, and considering it is Wisconsin I was skeptical that it happened so late. And today I notice that most of Rhode Island got some flurries and Milwaukee is due for snow late next week. It appears that the time to deploy the shovels may be soon upon us.
Lucky for you dorm dwellers, the shoveling is already taken care of by the university and shuttle services to and from class are made available upon request. So remember that it’s those little things that count when you are wide-eyed over the cost of room and board.
In the end, we are all dissatisfied with the weather in some form. When it is 95 degrees and humid we want it to be winter again; when there is a blizzard we want summer to come roaring back. Either way, you get to experience each of the four seasons (unless if you’re in the desert) and sometimes it breaks the monotony.
Gear up for winter when it comes peeking around the corner, but when the first snow does fall, don’t think about how gloomy of a day it will be. Instead, think about a massive snowball fight.
And for those of you who are going to school where it is still 80 degrees? Well, you got lucky.
QUESTION THIS WEEK: What is a good way to kill time on the weekends?
There is a lot to do if you are in or near a city, like seeing a play, going to different restaurants, and sporting events. Those who are in more rural areas can still kill time by hanging out with friends, going to the movies, going to a party or taking a weekend trip to a nearby city. Then again, you just may want to sit back and relax after a long week’s work without much disruption. Your weekends are what you make of them. Don’t worry, you’ll have plenty of them over your college career.