Hello to everyone; I hope you have all had a fantastic week and welcome back to A Fresh View!
I myself have currently caught a cold, no thanks to the inclement weather, and I’ve been huddled in a ball in my bed cowering away from responsibilities while I hope and pray the worst of my viral illness abates sooner rather than later. Being sick in college sucks, and it does not help that I have a really weak immune system (when I was a kid I got strep throat every six months for three years straight), so I’ve gotten sick like three separate times in this school year alone. This last bout of illness is much more mild than the sicknesses that had plagued me last semester, but it’s still not pleasant.
The weather in and of itself is currently not very pleasant either, and as someone who has lived pretty much the entirety of their life in Southern California, snow is as alien of a concept to me as life on Jupiter. I know a lot of people from similarly warm areas who are experiencing real snow for the first time as well, and the reactions have been pretty mixed, although most people are leaning towards the “this is so amazing and cool!” side of the spectrum rather than the “this is cold and disgusting” side. I myself am more on the latter, but I can appreciate the beauty of snow… especially when your classes get cancelled because of a huge snowstorm that dumps about a foot and a half of snow on the ground.
Yeah, that’s right – I had my first snow day ever and it was honestly so bizarre. Being from San Diego, I’ve had these things called fire days wherein the Santa Ana winds bring in a lot of dry, hot air that can set off crazy wildfires, and even though I’m sure that seems much weirder than snow days, seeing everything covered in a layer of fluffy white powder just seems so fundamentally wrong to me. I’m definitely more used to raging bush fires.
While I didn’t go out to play in the snow like many of my other friends due to my cold, I did roll up the blinds to my window and admire the snow-covered view. The old-timey village vibe that I get from a lot of the buildings near my dorm is perfectly complemented by several inches of snow, so I’m definitely a fan of sitting inside with a pair of sweatpants, a cozy sweater, and a hot beverage.
That being said, going outside and braving the cold is definitely a necessity, because your classes, food, and responsibilities are still a thing. Because I had very little experience with the cold, I truly underestimated just how freezing the chill can be, so word to the wise: go all-out with your preparations. Invest in a really warm winter coat with good insulation and wool or something similar on the hood. Just as important is a good pair of snow boots with rubber treads because ice really is as treacherous as they say. Gloves, too are a must because walking around on ice with your hands in your pockets makes you a liability. I’d also suggest a nice scarf as well as a knit hat, especially if you’re traveling across campus.
That’s all from me this week – hopefully I’ll have an update for you all next time on how taking five classes has been going for me as well as balancing new extracurricular activities with the onset of my second semester, but all that kind of got derailed because of the snowstorm.
See you all next time, and stay warm out there!
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