8 New Englander Winter Essentials

8 New Englander Winter Essentials

Surviving the cold the only way we know how.

Every New Englander knows what it takes to be prepared for the winter.

Being a native New Englander myself, I never really realized that what are relatively normal behaviors, habits, and even sayings here in Massachusetts aren't normal outside of New England. Personally, I think there is nothing wrong with using the word 'wicked' and even if you're not from New England you must recognize the fact that Tom Brady is in fact, an absolute god. Now going to Holy Cross I have seen a lot people struggle with the winters here and I thought I'd be kind and help everyone out.

So I've compiled a list of things you should either own or do if you want to survive through the winter. Chances are if you are from New England and are reading this article, you already own most of the items on the list. If you don't live in New England but go to school here, I suggest you start stalking up on these items in order to properly endure the winter...the New Englander way.

Because winter is here and we must be prepared.

1. An obnoxiously puffy jacket that goes to at least to the knee.

However, I personally suggest the obnoxious puffy jacket that goes below the knee. This will definitely keep you wicked warm in a blizzard.

2. A hat, but not just any hat.

A hat with an absurdly large pom-pom on the top of your head. Bonus points if the hat has a New England sports team (like the Patriots) on it and extra bonus points if it is super colorful.

3. Gloves that allow you to text because even when it is below freezing and there's a blizzard going on we have to be able to check Tom Brady's instagram.

4. A nice pair of Bean Boots.

These are perfect for trekking around in the snow and you get extra bonus points if they are fur-lined or colorful.

5. Multiple pairs of wool socks because even if your Bean Boots are fur-lined your toes will still freeze without the thickness of a quality pair of wool socks.

6. A Dunkin Donuts iced coffee.

Because you wouldn't be a proper New Englander without an iced coffee from Dunkin Donuts...even in the freezing cold weather.

7. A Hot Cup to go around your Dunkin Donuts iced coffee.

Because if you do now own the gloves that were suggested, then we don't want your hand to fall off as you're trying to hurry back into a building to go check Tom Brady's Instagram. Bonus points if you own one of the reusable Dunkin Donuts iced coffee cup sleeves.

8. Don't not accomplish anything even if there is a blizzard because New Englanders NEVER let a little snow get in their way of doing what needs.

If you were supposed to go for a bike ride, put your shorts on and your sneakers, grab your bike, and your puffy jacket and hit the road.

Cover Image Credit: Emma Berry

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.

Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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To The Stressed Out College Student, Be Optimistic For Spring Quarter

I am looking forward to a productive spring quarter.


As a strenuous ten weeks of winter quarter is finally coming to a close, there is no better feeling than to be rewarded with a week of spring break. For most colleges and universities, this period of time is one of excitement and relief, as students approach a summer vacation that begins in May. Yet, for students with schedules revolving around the lovable (and often hatable) quarter system, it feels as though summer is far from our reach.

On a personal note, my previous ten weeks of classes have been bearable at best. I can proudly say that I have been counting down the days until spring break since our winter quarter began in January, though now that the week is finally approaching, I am reminded by the fact that I have yet another ten weeks of school in the near future. Interestingly enough, I have not started the countdown to June 18th quite yet. Instead, I am looking forward to a productive spring quarter that will leave me feeling energized and accomplished as I enter into a fresh summer.

I believe that the spring quarter withholds a sense of refreshment and newfound energy in comparison to that of fall and winter. Though students on the quarter system will end classes later than others, there is something to be said for spending days on campus when the warm weather finally breaks. Time seems to pass faster than it did in the dark and ominous weeks of winter quarter, and everyone seems to have a more positive attitude - as we can all see that vacation is approaching.

To the stressed out college student, be optimistic for spring quarter. Though tests and finals will still be ever-present, the completion of another ten weeks of classes is excellent motivation to achieve success and reward yourself within the coming months.

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