10 Thoughts Of A College Student Who Never Gets A Snow Day, On A Snow Day

10 Thoughts Of A College Student Who Never Gets A Snow Day, On A Snow Day

Nothing is more exciting than having classes canceled... unless all you have to do is homework.

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On Feb. 3, Bellingham and the WWU campus saw its first snowfall for the year. The minute it started to powder down, I heard buzzing from excited students at the possibility of a snow day.

1. Oh my God, is it sticking? It better stick.

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There's nothing better than watching as the ground turns white. It makes you want to snuggle up with a cup of your favorite warm beverage and watching as the campus turns into a winter wonderland.

2. Do you mean to tell me I have to walk to VC like this?

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No matter the number of layers, 20 degrees is 20 degrees. This particular bout of cold is coming from up north, which means everything is colder than usual. 20 degrees feels more like nine degrees and the walk to the commons seems like an hour rather than five minutes.

3. Classes before 10 a.m. are canceled? What about the ones that START at 10 a.m.?!

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4. Oh hell yes, all classes canceled!

We all got that exciting text from the college announcing that all classes prior to 10 a.m. were canceled, but that left the students that have classes that start at 10 a.m. mad (i.e. myself).

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Then, that next morning, all classes were canceled due to inclement weather and icy roads. If you don't have work, that's a day all to yourself to do nothing but relax, unless…

5. I still have a ton of homework to do.

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Once you're in college, you realize that snow days aren't what they used to be. If you're like me, you probably stayed in a caught up on the homework you definitely didn't do over the weekend and therefore it's not really a day off.

6. How am I going to get to work if the roads are all icy?

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Just because school is canceled doesn't mean work is. Sure, the city might have taken care of the roads, but what happens when the snow melts and then freezes over again? Driving to and from work could be a slip and slide if you're not careful.

7. Why did they get so much more snow back home? Ours is already melting.

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In the lowlands, they got a ton more snow than Bellingham. In the Seattle area, most districts and colleges have closed due to the weather.

8. Sooo…. What about tomorrow?

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Even though the snow day isn't over, you want to know if you'll have the day off tomorrow as well. Maybe you're hoping to avoid a test or a presentation — anything. But alas, classes will resume tomorrow and you'll have to go back to learning.

9. Maybe if I wish hard enough, it'll start to snow again.

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It's possible, right? It's cold enough, surely, that it could snow again and repeat the whole process. Then you can really relax now that you've taken this snow day to get all your homework done.

10. Well, it was nice while it lasted.

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Waking up in the morning to no text isn't what you wanted, but it's what you got. You have to get up and go through the motions again before braving the cold to get to class.

The snow never lasts for long but the few days we do have it are always a nice change of pace — even if snow days aren't building snowmen and sledding anymore.

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6 Things I Didn't Really Need in My Freshman Dorm, And 6 Things I Wish I Brought Instead

I promise you, being Pinterest-worthy just doesn't make sense in a dorm.
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As I packed up my dorm room and unpacked it all once I got home, I kinda felt stupid. I moved in with 2 cars full of stuff (yes, I know how extra that sounds and yes, it was indeed that extra) and I didn't end up needing half of it. Now, I'm swimming in stuff I need to get rid of while holding on to the stuff I didn't realize I would need and ended up buying mid-year. No matter how much you think you know everything, first-time dorm residents, please listen.

6 things I DIDN'T need but swore I did

1. All my personal books

I mean, I'm an English major and I love to read, but no one, and I mean no one, A) has free time and B) uses that free time to read in college.

2. Keurig

There's a coffee shop I can use my cafe credits at on my way to class. I never woke up early enough to brew my own coffee, and I never craved it bad enough in the afternoon to feel like I needed to make my own immediately. It was nice to make tea with though.

3. Dishes and Silverware/Excessive Mugs

All you need is 1 mug and a couple of water bottles. I promise you paper plates and plastic silverware are all you need.

4. An overabundance of office supplies

I didn't use all those fancy office supplies in high school, so as much as I love them, I have yet to reach for them in college.

5. T.V.

The T.V. I had was only slightly bigger than my laptop screen and the wifi at my dorm wasn't good enough for streaming. I hardly used it, but I know others used theirs a lot. Just a personal preference!

6. Tons of wall art

I totally believe wall art has the power to make a dorm room feel less institutional, but I wish I had brought more pictures from home to make my room personal. Pinterest dorm rooms just aren't real, and they aren't what you want when you're homesick.

6 things I wish I had bought before school started

1. ID Lanyard

I personally love these ones from Vera Bradley , but honestly, any way you can carry your ID, money, and keys all in one is a life changer.

2. Earplugs / Eye Mask

Dorms are loud even during quiet hours and sometimes your roommate stays up later or gets up earlier than you do. Amazon couldn't ship these to me fast enough.

3. Wireless Headphones/Earbuds

Personally, I'm an earbuds girl, but either one does the trick. It's nice to not have to deal with cords and to be able to connect to any of your devices without an adapter.

4. Laptop Shell/Stickers

Almost everyone ends up ordering stickers to put on their laptop to express themselves to those around them. On a practical level though, you're probably going to have the same laptop as 5+ other students in your lecture and you will probably throw your laptop in a bag and run at some point. A shell and some stickers will provide more protection than you realize. Check out RedBubble for some great options.

5. Small vacuum

This is especially important if you get a rug. Sweeping is not pleasant, and the vacuums at your dorm are probably older than you are.

6. Pictures from home

Like I said before, wall art isn't going to comfort you when you want to go home. A picture of your dog or best friend sure will though.

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Abnormal Weather Is The BEST Thing, You Can't Convince Me Otherwise

We all enjoy a nice cool day, but, in the winter or early spring, it's rare to get it — a dramatic rise in temperature is the best thing for you.

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It's snowing one day, and the next morning you look out the window to see girls wearing tank-tops and guys walking around shirtless. Some states hold the same temperature for months on end — it's a rarity for it to dramatically drop or rise like it does other places. When it holds steady, you know exactly what to expect.

For other people who live in the states — where you never know how the weather is going to turn out — it's a roller coaster. As someone who currently lives in Illinois, I know exactly what that's like. You might have to go out and head to class or work, and you're all bundled up and it feels like the cold will never end. That weather starts to bring you down because you know it's going warm up eventually, but it's just not there yet. The days continue to drag on as you wait inside, watching out the window.

But the moment the weather finally warms up and you see the sun shining, the stress of the cold or rainy weather finally breaks down — you feel the weight lift. Even if it just is one day followed by a day just as terrible as the last, you still have that warm air to drive with the windows down and walk around in your favorite cute shorts with a short-sleeved shirt. Everyone is out, enjoying the comfortable temperature. After all, it is proven that the warmer weather does lift your spirits. This way you're not stuck in your house because it's too cold to go out.

When it's warm out, take advantage of it by doing things such as going on a walk, swimming if you have a pool, walking your dog (or cat), or starting up your garden. There are endless things to do when the weather is reasonable enough to do them. Trust me, appreciate the warmth and make an effort! Who knows when the next night day will come around?

Recapping what I said — back to what the best thing about abnormal weather is — you don't expect it. One day you're freezing and trying to get to the next class, or walking from your car to the store or to your house. Then, you're actually taking your time to enjoy being outside instead of rushing to get away from it. It's uplifting and hopeful when you walk outside, not getting hit by a gust of chilly wind.

It's good for your mental health because it's not freezing or burning day after day. You finally get to see the horizon when it comes to spring or fall. So, you know what you have to do? Go out on that nice sunny day! You may not have another chance in weeks. Let's be real, I'm currently writing this outside because it feels much better than the last few weeks we've had!

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