It has rained all week. Not always a heavy downpour, but often the even more annoying thick mist of rain. You know the type where you feel silly using your umbrella because it’s not even raining that hard, yet if you decide to go without your umbrella you somehow end up looking Rachel McAdams in "The Notebook," but a lot less glamorous and you don’t end up with Ryan Gosling. Yeah, that kind of rain. I love the rain probably even a little more than the next person, but when I’m left fighting the elements to walk the entire length of campus from my dorm to work I’m not too happy about it. I’m sure that college students everywhere can relate to my struggle.
It’s kind of cloudy when you look out of your window, but you don’t think it’s going to rain. So you straighten your hair and put on your tennis shoes and walk out your door leaving most likely without an umbrella. For the first half of your walk your fine, it’s cool and overcast…pretty perfect weather. Then when you are too far to turn back to your dorm to prepare for the impending weather, yet too far from your destination to avoid what the sky is threatening to unleash. First one raindrop, then another, then the next thing you know you are soaked from what used to be your perfectly straightened hair down to your now soggy, smelly tennis shoes.
The problem with being on a college campus in the rain is that if you are stuck away from your dorm at work or class with wet, disgusting clothes and no umbrella that is how you will be spending a good chunk of your day. Maybe not if you’re lucky and have a break, but most of the time the ten-ish minutes between classes just won’t cut it. And in all honesty, it doesn’t matter if you go back and change and grab your umbrella the damage has already been done. At this point unless the rain completely disappears and the sun dries up all the puddles your hair will still be a mess and your shoes will still be soaked. Also, it takes an even longer amount of time to get anywhere. A walk that usually takes you five minutes may take you ten because everyone walks slower in the rain. I don’t know if that is a scientific fact or just my observation, but it is completely real. Maybe it’s the wind and the rain that pushes against you, I don’t know, but it’s annoying. And to talk about the real rainy day problem, no one wants to be out walking to class on a rainy day. Rainy days are sleepy days. Trust me, I work at a daycare. When it rains we should all be sleeping not out fighting our way to class.
If you have recently gotten stuck in the rain like I have this past week, then I (and the wet tennis shoes currently stinking up my room) send my deepest apologies. When you're done with classes go to your room, get dry, watch a movie, and maybe even take a nap like I’m sure nature intended.