Ah, February. The time of the year when it snows and you get days off of work or school. The time when you can take a chilly walk with your significant other to celebrate Valentine's Day. February, a winter month. BUT NOT THIS YEAR! Here in North Carolina, February has turned from a cool autumn to a hot summer in less than a week. How do we cope?! This isn't right! So let me sum up your thoughts about this February weather here.
“You'll appreciate it when you're older." Do you know how many times my mom has told me this? Too many to count. Every time I complain about looking young that is the response I get. I know she's right, I will love looking young when I'm in my 40s. However, looking young is a real struggle in your 20s. Here's what we have to deal with:
1. Everyone thinks your younger sister or brother is the older one.
True story: someone actually thought my younger sister was my mom once. I've really gotten used to this but it still sucks.
2. You ALWAYS get carded.
Every. Single. Time. Since I know I look young, I never even bothered with a fake ID my first couple of years of college because I knew it would never work. If I'm being completely honest, I was nervous when I turned 21 that the bartender would think my real driver's license was a fake.
3. People look at your driver's license for an awkward amount of time.
So no one has actually thought my real driver's license is fake but that doesn't stop them from doing a double take and giving me *that look.* The look that says, “Wow, you don't look that old." And sometimes people will just flat out say that. The best part is this doesn't just happen when you're purchasing alcohol. This has happened to me at the movie theater.
4. People will give you *that look* when they see you drinking alcohol.
You just want to turn around and scream “I'M 21, IT'S LEGAL. STOP JUDGING ME."
5. People are shocked to find out you're in college.
If I had a dollar for every time someone had a shocked expression on their face after I told them I'm a junior in college I could pay off all of my student loan debt. It's funny because when random people ask me how school is going, I pretty much assume they think I'm in high school and the shocked look on their face when I start to talk about my college classes confirms I'm right.
6. For some reason wearing your hair in a ponytail makes you look younger.
I don't understand this one but it's true. Especially if I don't have any makeup on I could honestly pass for a child.
7. Meeting an actual 12-year-old who looks older than you.
We all know one. That random 12-year-old who looks extremely mature for her age and you get angry because life isn't fair.
8. Being handed a kids' menu.
This is my personal favorite. It happens more often than it should. The best part of this is it's your turn to give someone a look. The look that says, "You've got to be kidding me".
Looking young is a real struggle and I don't think everyone realizes it. However, with all the struggles that come with looking young, we still take advantage of it. Have you ever gone to a museum or event where if you're under a certain age you get in for a discounted price? Yeah? Well, that's when I bet you wish you were us. And kids' meals are way cheaper than regular meals so there have definitely been a couple times when I've kept that kids' menu.
So, all in all, it's not the worst thing in the world but it's definitely a struggle.
Coming down to Virginia from Massachusetts for college, I've definitely noticed some differences when it comes to snow days. Growing up in a school system where the Superintendent was from Maine, we rarely had snow days. It had to be bad, like REALLY BAD weather for school to be canceled. I never got my hopes up because we always seemed to be one of the only towns in the area whose schools were still open even when there was a Nor'easter coming our way. Besides, no one wanted to add extra days to the school calendar in June when the weather was beautiful.
Now that I'm in college, I look forward to even the slightest chance of a snow day. Since we have significantly less days off from school, the thought of having a snow day is like a dream come true. If you're lucky enough to have understanding professors, you won't have to make classes up either. I find myself constantly refreshing the Accuweather app on my phone to see the updates and snow predictions. I've found that there's definitely more of a possibility of having a snow day being at school in Virginia.
So, if you're looking for some things to do when you have the whole day free, here are 12 activities to do on your next college snow day.
1. Stay in your pajamas all day and make brunch with your roommates or significant other
You might not have understood why your parents loved the opportunity to stay in their pajamas all day when they didn't have to work, but you definitely do now. It's one of the best feelings when you have the opportunity to be lazy all day and stay comfy in your PJs. Also, brunch?!? Absolutely yes.
2. Movie Marathon/Netflix or Hulu binge
There's no better feeling than knowing that the only list you have to complete is the list of movies or episodes you're planning on watching throughout the day.
3. Get ahead on some work
If you've guilted yourself into being a good student on your day off, you might choose to get ahead on some work so you're not stressed or overwhelmed in the following days.
4. Go sledding
Bring back those childhood days of getting out your sled and getting all bundled up to go outside.
5. Cook up some yummy snacks
If you don't have time to cook during the week, now is the perfect time to whip up a yummy snack or treat that you actually have time to spend doing.
6. Get your booze on
To many, snow day=day drinkin'
It's the perfect opportunity to catch up on a semester's worth of sleep all in one day.
8. Play board games
"Cards Against Humanity" anyone?
9. Have a photo shoot
What's a snow day without some pics of you enjoying it?
10. Order takeout
Chinese food takeout anyone?
11. Have a snowball fight
Bring back the old days with a friendly fight.
12. Have a spa day
Take the day to pamper yourself. You deserve it.
Enjoy the free day, who knows when the next will come.