By Xu | February 28, 2013
Something that has definitely changed since coming to OSU? My awareness of the weather!
Being from Columbus, Ohio, I find it unbelievable that I have never once before noticed the peculiarities in Ohio’s weather. I am guessing this is because I stayed mostly indoors in high school, whereas now I am trampling miles and miles across campus every day. Whatever the case, I do not enjoy being slapped by unpredictable elements all the time.
Thursday of last week was extremely pleasant. The winds were mellow and the temperature was delightfully cool. Then, on Friday I stepped outside my dorm only to be met by cold, hard concrete hitting my face as my feet flew out from under me. Who knew that I could be so unstable on the (frozen) solid ground?
Most days when walking back from the Science and Engineering library I wallow over the unbearable icy winds. My skin feels as though it is peeling, and unfortunately enough my lips have literally cracked from the cold. Now when I sit in North Commons eating my food people can see me wincing comically with every bite. I smear on every bit of Chapstick I have, but even a bucket of petroleum jelly can’t undo the destruction of Mother Nature.
I am now suspicious of any days that appear calm and pleasant because I know that some painful phenomenon is probably right around the corner. Whether it is sun, clouds, rain or blizzard, I approach every morning with wary. Of course, I always make sure to place only one foot out of my dorm’s door at a time in order to prevent another episode of face-plant.