15, 236 young adults have been flocking to the University of New Hampshire for the start of the 2018-2019 school year. Along with students, faculty, mini fridges, laughs, and tears, the start of the school year has brought an unofficial heat wave to Durham. With temperatures reaching the mid-high nineties all week the Wildcats are preparing for an uncomfortable "sylly week." Students, faculty and the greater Durham community may be melting a bit, but there's no need to worry. It's too early to be stressed. We can beat UMaine, and we will most definitely beat the heat. Here's how!
1. Hangout with Friends in Air Conditioned Dorms/Buildings
Congreve Hall, University of New Hampshire
Air conditioned dorms are a sacred gift that very few college students are blessed with. At UNH, there are seven residence halls that offer AC. You're bound to know someone in at least one of those places, and if you don't know them already, get out there a make a new friend! Stop by Adams Tower, The Mills, Fairchild, Congreve or the secs (Haaland, Handler or Peterson) to beat the heat this week.
2. Visit the Pool
Outdoor Pool, University of New Hampshire
UNH opened a beautiful outdoor pool in August of 2016, and the Wildcats are so glad they did! The University's Campus Recreation department wrote, "The Outdoor Pool has zero depth entry, swim lanes and plenty of space for free swimming. Social space around the pool is a great place to relax when not enjoying the water." They are 100% correct. The pool is a great place to relax and enjoy your free time. Whether you're getting your tan on, hiding in the shade, or jumping right in, the pool is the spot to be on a hot day at UNH!
3. Open your Doors & Windows
Dorm rooms are tiny. That's no secret. Open those doors and let some hot air out. And you most definitely open the windows while you're at it.
4. Relax & Stay Hydrated
Drinking a cold glass water does more than just cool you down. It is extremely important to stay hydrated in hot weather. Doing so helps to avoid heat exhaustion and regulates regular bodily functions such as body temperature, blood pressure, joint mobility, and digestion.
5. Go to the Beach
Hampton Beach, Hampton, NH
Students at the University of New Hampshire are lucky to the be living in Durham. Located on the coast of New Hampshire, students are in close proximity to beautiful beaches. Hampton and Jenness State Beach are two wildcat favorites. The choices are abundant.
6. Do Work in Front of a Fan
If you're already slammed with work, and can't find time to visit the beach or the pool try doing your work in front of a fan. You've got to keep cool somehow, right?
7. Venture to College Woods to Enjoy the Shade
In addition to the trees found near T-Hall, the College Woods are a great spot to find some shade on campus. It's going to be hot and humid, don't make it worse for yourself by getting a sun burn.
8. Treat Yourself
Ice Cream from The Candy Bar, Durham, NH
Hot weather is the best excuse for a cold treat. The Dairy Bar down by the train tracks and The Candy Bar on main street are perfect spots to grab an ice cream after class. If you're looking for a healthier option stop in to The Juicery to grab a smoothie!
9. Remember That You're Living in New England
It may be sweltering hot now, but it will soon be very, very, very cold. You'll be thinking of these hot days in a few months when you can't seem to get warm.