6 Reasons Why You Should Love The Rain

6 Reasons Why You Should Love The Rain

It's the little things in life.

In my opinion, rain is the most underrated weather that there is. People frequently say, "oh I hate the rain," when it's brought up in conversation but just taking a quick step back to look at the good qualities that rain has can really help change someone's perspective. There are such positives concepts that are attributed to rain, and although storms can be destructive or dangerous sometimes that's not exactly the type of rain I'm talking about. You know, the kind of rain that you see on the forecast when the sky is really grey and you have nothing really planned for the day so you spend it inside doing things you may not have done if it wasn't raining. I mean, do you really hate rain? Or do you just hate getting wet? There's a difference.

1. Rain symbolizes life.

We literally need it to live, if that's not a good reason to love rain then i'm not quite sure what is.

2. It's soothing.

Whether or not you like storms is a different question, but I'm talking about the soft pitter patter of rain on the roof- that's the best. Don't try to tell me it's not.

3. The smell after.

There's something fresh and cleansing about the smell of the air after it rains.

4. Kissing in it.

Kissing in any other weather does not compare to kissing in the rain. Ask Nicholas Sparks.

5. Jumping in puddles.

Throw on some rain boots and get to work- nothing describes childhood more than jumping in a few puddles.

6. Sleeping during it.

Rain is the most comforting and repetitive sound while you're sleeping. There is nothing quite like it and if you're someone that has trouble falling asleep at night, if you download a soundtrack of rain or natural noises on your phone and listen to it, that really can help.

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The 8 Stages of Winter In The Midwest As Told By A Middle Easterner

Who knew winter existed?

I'm not from the Midwest. I'm from the Middle East where it is warm and happy. The Midwest is a frozen tundra and frankly, I can't handle it. Someone help me. Here are all of my thoughts this cold and bitter winter.

1. Wow, it’s 20 degrees Celsius (68 Fahrenheit), I’m starting to get pretty cold

Having grown up in the Middle East, this is the coldest it would get. I remember wearing several layers at this point, as it would cross my threshold for the amount of cold I could handle. When I moved to Illinois for University, the minute I reached this point, I’d already be huddled up in sweaters and hoodies, complaining to people about the cold weather. Little did I know that this was only the beginning.

2. Huh, 5 degrees Celsius (41 Fahrenheit), I think I can handle this

At this point, I’m wearing my big coat and I’m embracing the cold weather. It’s not so bad, I think, and I go on with my day

3. Wow, 0 C (32 F), so this is what it feels like to be freezing

It’s cold...Actually no, it’s freezing. Gloves are necessary. I need my gloves. What if I get frostbite? Does that actually happen?


The first time it snowed, I was absolutely mesmerized. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve seen snow before, but I’ve never had to live through it and experience the daily motions that go with walking in the snow. I felt like I was in a Winter Wonderland.


Welp, to my dismay, the beautiful, white snow did not last long, as muddy slush began to fill the streets and take over every single sidewalk and street. And to think that it only takes one day for this magical moment to disappear forever. Until next time snow.

6. I never even knew it could get this low

“It’s not even that cold”, says every single Midwestern as I’m struggling to zip up my parka in -13 Celsius (-8.6 F) weather. “Just wait until it gets to negative Fahrenheit”. This is the worst possible sentence I could hear at this moment.

7. Well, the wind is killing my face

I mean, if the wind didn’t exist, it could be -20 Celsius (-4 F) and I would be completely fine. The wind is the true enemy in this situation.

8. Think ‘Heat’, Think ‘Desert’, Think ‘Beach’

I say to myself as I’m walking in -20 Celsius weather (-4 F) with 5 layers, snow boots, gloves, a hat, and a scarf. It’s no longer all fun and games, but instead, it’s a war. Me against the cold. Who will win? Only time will tell. All the while I'm saying this with my phone in my hand and my touch screen gloves, taking pictures of the Quad and the trees because of how beautiful it all is.

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Snow Or Foe?

Why I'm Tired Of The Snow

PSA: This content comes with mild to medium melodramatic antics.

I am tired of the snow. Point blank. As a girl coming from the south, I am not used to snow every other day in the winter months as say, a northerner would be. Back home where I'm from if the forecast calls for a single snowflake school is canceled, businesses are shut down and forget about any bread or milk on the grocery store shelves because that stuff is DESERTED.

Sounds fun, right?

Well when I was in high school and didn't have places to go it was oh so so jolly, but my reality now is that I'm a college student in New York City where it NEVER STOPS SNOWING (told you about the melodramatic antics). Now I never expected a winter wonderland when it snows in New York, but I didn't expect an uninviting black slushy on the sidewalks and pavement. Between slips as I try my best to walk to a class that's not canceled my eyes battle with the snowflakes piercing my face too. The winter cold (especially this year) turns my nose into a faucet much to my dismay.

After disrobing thirteen layers of clothing and sweating in the process I must find a location to place my clothing which is a conversation for another day. My irritations pile up much like the snow. You'd think that the holiday spirit would fix it, but I haven't felt that since 2010 and it's now January so the festive celebrations are long gone.

You see, I am writing this because unfortunately, there is a 40% chance of snow coming my way and I'm not sure if it's here to stay. To say the least if spring doesn't come soon I'm going full Back to The Future Part II because enough is enough. To all of my fellow peers and students feeling the same way I'd like to end on a good note. Hang in there and my recommended location of the week in these conditions is Central Park. Despite nearly getting frostbite in the frigid snow it's really a sight worth seeing (at least for the time being ba dum tss).

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