I have to admit, as a New Englander I’m happy to report that Harvard is finally experiencing a “real” Boston winter this year. We had a week of below-zero weather in January, a blizzard in February, and this weekend are being gifted 10-12” of glorious snow a week into March. While many of my friends are horrified by the fact that it’s still snowing on March 8, I find myself reflecting fondly back on April lacrosse games played in flurries and celebrating the continuation of winter this year.
One thing I did have to adjust to, though, is that winter and snow requires totally different “gear” on a day-to-day basis now that I’m in college. Unlike when I’m at home, I don’t have a car to take me where I need to go, so getting dressed to go outside during a storm like this means really layering up. A few essentials that I pile on include my ski jacket (regular puffy coats don’t repel the snow very well), a baseball hat (to keep the flurries out of my face), and my tall LL Bean boots to trudge through the puddles and snow banks.
Snow always has a nice effect on the student body, though, because we’re all forced to slow down a bit and hang out inside instead of bustling everywhere like we normally do. People linger longer in the dining hall over lunch and dinner, spend the afternoon working in their common rooms, and might even head outside to build a snowman. It’s a nice change of pace!
Speaking of hustling and bustling, I’m in the middle of finishing up my thesis (due next Wednesday!) so I’ll keep this post short and leave you all with a couple more snapshots of Dunster and Cambridge in the snow. Enjoy!
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