First things first, snow. The wet, slippery, sloppy pathways to class are like completely some military mission in Andes Mountains. As you can probably already tell I don’t go to school in California. I go to Knox College in Galesburg Illinois, which is about 3 hours outside of Chicago. The whole point of this post is to let you know how I dealt with the Midwest weather conditions in the winter.

The first day I came back, I spent an extra week in Chicago with one of my close friends before going to school. For that whole week we were in Chicago, there was no snow in sight. But we knew once we got to school the weather would be much more different. So while I was in Chicago, I went out and bought; scarfs, heavy layering clothes, and a parka. All these new pieces of clothing felt so foreign to me. I never thought that just to walk down the street I would need to put 4-5 layers on. The first day back on campus, still no snow. So we just lived our lives without the white stuff on the ground. But the first day of classes in the new term, it started snowing. I never experienced real snow before in my life so everything was so different. At first, I loved the snow, until I had to walk very carefully to class, I could never run late because I physically couldn’t run through the snow.

Winter term, personally was really hard on me emotionally. I’m not sure if it was the snow, or my friends, or stress from school. But it definitely tested me mentally. I often found myself wishing I could be home, with my family and away from Knox. I even found myself wanting to leave school, and I was overall just questioning everything in my life at that time. After the snow started clearing, I noticed myself being a lot more happy, and excited for spring. Me and snow are like frenemies, sometimes I love it, sometimes I hate it.