The Perks Of Global Warming

The Perks Of Global Warming

Is it really worth it?

Ahh, s'winter! In the world of "Phineas and Ferb," it was a summer day that they morphed into winter. However, in our current (and a bit more than moderately alarming) times, it is synonymous with the month of February.

I came to Syracuse, New York expecting my winters to be a steady stream of snow. And for a while, that was what I got. However, suddenly we are knee deep in what would be expected to be the prime snow and parka weather, and I am stepping out of my dorm in short sleeves.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not necessarily complaining. If anyone appreciates a warm day, it's a student who goes to Syracuse University. However, I would be lying if I said that the warmth wasn't worrisome.

It's not supposed to be 75 degrees in the winter. This is a simple fact that even a kindergartener could understand. So the fact that our current president has the tenacity to deny that global warming is occuring is not only baffling, but also concerning. Because sure, today we are all in good moods as we walk out of our dorms in flip-flops and t-shirts during the time we should be in snow boots and parkas.

But in the next 5 years? 10 years? 50? I don't want to live in a world where there is no such thing as snow. And frankly, it won't even be an option, because a world where there is no snow is likely a world that is already too destroyed for habitation.

I'm not the grinch, and I'm not wishing for negative degree winter. I'm just saying it's a bit hard to enjoy the warmth in February when I know what a price we are paying to experience it.

Cover Image Credit: Photo by Samantha Lynch on Unsplash

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Sunset Skies And Salty Skin

These pictures will almooooost make you feel like you're on vacation.

Everyone has a happy place right? Mine is by a beach. Always has been, always will.

I think the beach has something magical about it and it always has a way of making any big problem seem small. My family goes to the beach be it rainy, sunny, cold or hot- Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter. I think that's why it's my go-to place.

But Chloe, please tell us why you're going on and on about the beach.

Well, I just spent a week of my Spring Break at the beach and turns out it wasn't enough time. I'm extremely nostalgic right about now.

Can you tell?

Considering I'm going through a very hard time and not dealing well with spring break withdrawal, I thought I would try a little experiment.

I'm gonna use Odyssey as my therapy.


Below is a compilation of pretty Sunset pictures that I've taken in the past. I'm hoping that by just viewing the image, it'll help me (and hopefully you as well) make it through the next couple of weeks (i.e. until Summer).

Now, excuse me while I play background music that sounds like I'm in the Caribbean and continue to stare at these pictures until I magically get transported back to a beach somewhere.

Palma de Mallorca, Spain: I would say the view isn't that shabby...

Cahors, France: Can you say Cotton candy skies?

Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina: My all time happy place.

Somewhere along the Camino de Santiago in Spain. But here's the catch: this is actually a sunrise picture — I just thought it was pretty.

Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina: Did I tell you guys that this is my happy place? No? Because it is.

Kennedy Center, Washington D.C.: Not minding these views at all.

Somewhere along the coast in Maryland: One of the top sunsets I've ever seen, the pictures don't do it justice.

Well, turns out the pictures weren't the 100% reality but they were close enough. I guess I'll just have to content myself with 1) staycation 2) Charlottesville sunsets. Which 1) can be a lot of fun, time to explore Charlottesville as much as I can until I graduate and 2) the sunsets here are also out of this world.

I guess it's time to stop thinking the grass is greener on the other side and appreciating what I have in front of me!

But hey, I'm human and I like tropical drinks on sandy beaches. Can ya blame me?

Cover Image Credit: Chloe Laird

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I've Held My Tongue Long Enough, It's Time To Address The Problem That Is Air Conditioning In The South

What’s the point of owning a fridge when your dorm room is a balmy 58 degrees?

I am always cold. Not just chilly, but actually freezing cold. You’d think that as a Wisconsinite I’d be able to handle a little bit of chilliness in Alabama, but sadly the south is even colder than Wisconsin. Ok— hear me out.

In Wisconsin, everyone dresses seasonally appropriate for the winter. No one thinks twice about wearing a parka when it’s 35 degrees or below (usually below). In Alabama, no one owns a coat, much less a parka. You can’t prepare for the cold in Alabama because it’s 85 degrees one week and 45 the next and trust me, 45 degrees is cold when you were lying out by the pool two days earlier.

Anyways, it’s not the weather I want to address with y’all... it’s your ridiculous air conditioning.

I've held my tongue for the past four years, but seriously, why is the air conditioning always the temperature of a refrigerator? What’s the point of owning a fridge when your dorm room is a balmy 58 degrees?

But really, let’s all just agree to keep the air conditioning at 70 or above. It doesn’t matter if it’s scorching outside, 70 is still a good air conditioning temperature.

If it’s 38 degrees outside, it’s ok to use heat. Turning the air on 72 won’t fix anything. Spoiler alert, putting your air on 72 when it’s 38 degrees will only make your house colder. Turn your heat on 72.

I’m sorry for the rant, but this is something that just needed to be said. I don’t think we should have to bring our winter coats to class when it’s hot outside just because the air conditioning is giving us hypothermia. Let’s just agree to set the air at a reasonable temperature.



Every Cold Natured Person Living In The South

Cover Image Credit: Madison Linnihan

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