Things You Learn While Attending The Coldest College In The Country
Start writing a post
Lifestyle

Things You Learn While Attending The Coldest College In The Country

A special shout out to the Concordia and MSUM crowd. Stay warm.

157
Things You Learn While Attending The Coldest College In The Country
Concordia College

Winter is here again. It came a little later than usual, but when it arrived, it hit like a freight train.

Here in Moorhead, MN, it is a balmy 7 degrees, the warmest it's been all week.

According to the Weather Channel, the Huffington Post, the Star Tribune, and the University Herald, Moorhead is home to the top two coldest colleges in the United States, Minnesota State University-Moorhead and Concordia College-Moorhead. Just two blocks apart, the two colleges are in the Red River Valley, where the land is flat and the wind is cold.

About 40,000 people populate Moorhead, but living here is one thing. Attending college here is a whole other beast.

While I'm not sure why I enrolled in such a cold place to begin with, there are some things you learn that make living here a little more bearable.


If it's -19 with a -30 degree windchill, you still have to go to class.

Leaving home requires some planning.

Layers are SO important!!

Hair, including eyelashes can freeze. And they will.

You can't wait to the last minute to take a shower before leaving. Everything needs to be dry.

If you drive to school, be sure to plan at least 20 extra minutes for your commute.

[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2017%2F01%2F15%2F636201054615976270720225469_giphy.gif&ho=https%3A%2F%2Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net&s=778&h=fca277ec1763939cabaf09e9b1c819c8660dc99f8159bbe2f20a61aab16be0d3&size=980x&c=2849795738 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2017%252F01%252F15%252F636201054615976270720225469_giphy.gif%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net%26s%3D778%26h%3Dfca277ec1763939cabaf09e9b1c819c8660dc99f8159bbe2f20a61aab16be0d3%26size%3D980x%26c%3D2849795738%22%7D" expand=1]

You're going to need to clean off your car. The roads will probably be slippery.

"Fashionable" clothing is not a priority.

Put on your ugly coat, sensible boots, and unmatching scarf, hat, and mittens!

It's okay to take twice as long to walk to class.

[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2017%2F01%2F15%2F636200605665822227-1388658658_NsEqogt.gif&ho=https%3A%2F%2Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net&s=693&h=a63462fa9a115671911c3402ddf1c454183a627ca1ac5c7f23bbd3ab3e3a9340&size=980x&c=137335430 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2017%252F01%252F15%252F636200605665822227-1388658658_NsEqogt.gif%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net%26s%3D693%26h%3Da63462fa9a115671911c3402ddf1c454183a627ca1ac5c7f23bbd3ab3e3a9340%26size%3D980x%26c%3D137335430%22%7D" expand=1]

Whether you take the long way to go through as many buildings as possible or just penguin shuffle across the ice, your walk is likely to take a bit longer.

There is a universal time that you make when you slip on the ice.

[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2017%2F01%2F15%2F6362010686975324021248932315_giphy.gif&ho=https%3A%2F%2Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net&s=1001&h=bba43d9ca7962215a0418524bb5331e78e0622ec685f1c4883a2a574bf60ee6d&size=980x&c=1869916980 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2017%252F01%252F15%252F6362010686975324021248932315_giphy.gif%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net%26s%3D1001%26h%3Dbba43d9ca7962215a0418524bb5331e78e0622ec685f1c4883a2a574bf60ee6d%26size%3D980x%26c%3D1869916980%22%7D" expand=1]

If you slip, but don't fall, you make a noise to assure the people around you that you're okay and not at all embarrassed.

You better hope the sidewalks are cleared, or you're hiking.

Sometimes the snow plows don't get out early enough in the morning, but that doesn't mean you don't have to go to class.

Despite all the cold moments, they are outshined by the beautiful ones. And you love your home.


While attending college where the temperatures are sub-zero for much of the year may seem crazy, I wouldn't trade it for anything.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Featured

A TikTok Ban? Nope, That's Not Happening

We've seen this movie before with the popular social media app.

1577
tiktok

Here we go again. There's a groundswell of support to ban TikTok in the United States.

Keep Reading... Show less
Content Inspiration

Top 3 Response Articles of This Week

Check out what's trending on Odyssey!

2952
writing on a page with a hand holding a pen as if the person is beginning to write something
c1.staticflickr.com

Looking for some inspiration to kick off your Monday? Check out these articles by our talented team of response writers! From poetry to tips for manifesting your dream life, there's something for everyone.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

Exploring the Superbowl's Historic 50 Year Legacy!

Building up to next Sunday

3901
football game
astros / Flickr


The Superbowl is the biggest football event of the year, and the 50-year history of the competition has seen a lot of memorable moments. The event first began in 1967, when the first AFL-NFL World Championship Game was played in Los Angeles. Since then, the NFL has grown from a small regional competition to an international phenomenon. Over the course of the last 50 years, the Superbowl has seen some amazing plays, memorable moments and incredible records. This includes Tom Brady's record of five Superbowl titles, the first time the Patriots won three consecutive championships, and the Steelers' record of six Superbowl titles. The event has also become a cultural phenomenon, with millions of people tuning in each year to watch the big game. There are now commercials, halftime shows, and other events that make the Superbowl a true American spectacle.

Keep Reading... Show less
11 Genres Of Music That Originated From Black Culture

Numbers don't lie, up in the charts many times, black culture has defined the music industry. Music is a worldly language that can be understood by people all over the world. You bet black culture has taken over the music industry, but not from the way you may think. I'm not talking about their prominent presence in the rap game, but the origins of eleven different genres of music. Black culture is always using their heritage and ancestral knowledge to transmute the current energy to a higher frequency. Personally, I'm not surprised that many of these music genres have originated from black culture. Thankfully, I've been able to grow up in a diverse environment. I can only thrive in a diversity of friends.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

The Influence Of Music

Music is more than just instruments and vocals.

2790
Elyse Music

Music is a powerful concept all on its own. There’s something alluring about being able to cut out the rest of the world, and surrounding yourself with harmonious sounds that synthesize together in a pleasant manner.

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments