It seems like it is finally staring to get cold! If this is your first year away from home for the winter then you are in for a shock and if you are from a region that has little to no cold weather then you are in for an even bigger shock. The one thing to know about Maryland is that the weather is very crazy. One day it can be sunny and 70 degrees and the next day there could be a blizzard. And mix all that craziness in with being here at school and then you are in for a wild ride. In high school you were never outside for that long, just to walk to and from your car. Well here at WC you have to walk to each of your classes, which are probably in different buildings, and you have to walk to each meal in Hodson. Depending where you live, on or off campus, this can be quite a hike. Next there is the problem of your room temperature. In some dorms you have little control over the thermostat and the room can become very cold, not to mention those cold walks to the bathroom down the hall. If you and your roommate do not agree on the temperature of the room then it could leave one of you very cold or the other very hot. Those living off campus face these problems too. When you pay for your own heating bill it can discourage you from turning on your heat so you can save money, which leads to some very chilly students.
So with all of these factors making it much colder how do we stay warm? Dressing properly is the number one answer. It is important to layer up; you can always take things off if you start to get warm. Unfortunately that just in not enough sometimes and you are chilly right down to your bones. My favorite way to stay warm when nothing else does the trick is to use a heating pad! They are a perfect way to warm you up and is very quick and easy. If you do not have one you can make one! There are two common methods, heating damp towels in the microwave and heating up a sock full of rice. For step-by-step instructions check out this site.
Winter is coming, and when it does it is going to be cold and harsh. So make sure to prepare yourself by having the proper clothes and a heating pad to help warm up in between classes.
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