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Wintertime at OSU: A Texan’s Guide for Fellow Warm Climate Dwellers

 Written by    January 20, 2013

1. As the weather gets chillier, take advantage of opportunities to show off how thick your blood is getting living in a cold climate.  For example, whenever it heats up to 50 degrees, say things like, “Dude, it’s so flipping hot outside” to impress all your northern friends.

2. Do NOT overestimate the intensity of snowfall, however heavy you think it seems to be.  I learned this the hard way last year, by exclaiming, “It’s blizzarding outside!” when in fact it was flurrying, which my friends wasted no time in telling me (and subsequently making fun of me).


3. If it’s above 25 degrees, you’re still safe to walk to the RPAC in shorts, as long as you’re wearing a heavy coat.  Don’t worry, I empirically tested and perfected this temperature last winter quarter.  Just kidding, you should probably wear pants.  I won’t though.  Too much effort.


4. If you have a car on campus, do not underestimate the time it takes to scrape ice off your car.  Especially if you have weak arms and always seem to be running late (like yours truly).


5. If you walk outside with wet hair and feel your hair getting crunchy, that’s because it’s freezing.  I first experienced this very early on last winter because I have a bad habit of walking around campus with wet hair– mostly because I stopped using a blow dryer as soon as I got to OSU.  Fact:  College turned me into a hippie.  Haha no, just kidding.


6. The good news is that slipping on ice is the great equalizer.  It can and does happen to everyone.


7. Snow boots are practical.  And trendy.


8. Ear muffs are also trendy.  Er- they can be.  Mine aren’t.  But they are endearing, so you should wear big fuzzy ones like mine and be in solidarity with me:



9. Pro tip:  If you need help waking up for your 8 a.m. classes that now require walking around in the cold, use bacon (or any other supernaturally glorious breakfast food) as an incentive.  My roommate and I have started getting breakfast at Morrill Tower on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, and I will literally wake up without an alarm at 6:45 a.m. in anticipation for this.


Rude Awakening:  What exactly am I supposed to think about Mr. Sigmund Freud?  I always sorta thought I was supposed to treat him as a bit of a quack with all his weird development theories.  But we just spent a lot of time going over his extensive list of defense mechanisms that tie into psychoanalysis in my abnormal psych class, and a lot of them are surprisingly legit.  Dear Freud-  Jury’s still out on you, bro.  Love, me.


Pleasant Surprise: Smith Lab can be a bit of an odd building at times, with those most interesting yellow walls.  Additionally, up on the fourth floor for my anthropology lab, I must say I often ponder if it’s just me that finds the ceilings quite low.  However, Smith Lab has recently earned a multitude of brownie points from me for the AWESOME NEW lounge they have there.  Well, mostly, the big giant red cornucopia thing is awesome:

New life goal:  study inside this majestic structure as much as possible.


In firm friendship,


Julia Rose S.

Advice, Weather

2 Responses

  1. Hayley Hayley says:

    hahaha “to impress all your northern friends.” how charming. I too am originally from the great state of Texas but I’ve been in Ohio for 10 years now so I’m def used to the cold.

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