5 Things That I Learned During My First “Northern” Winter

April showers bring May flowers, or so I’ve been told. Sure doesn’t feel like it right now, but March 20th was the official first day of Spring! I don’t know about you, but I’m more than ready to break out my warm weather clothes again. I’m in anticipation of sunnier days spent walking down to the waterfront and hanging out with friends on the Campus Green, here are five things that I learned during my first “Northern” winter.

  1. There are stores dedicated solely to winter clothes.

Yeah, I didn’t know that these were a thing. A sweatshirt (or three) was not enough to keep me warm when the weather began to dip below 50 degrees. Needless to say I had to spend a good amount of money for quality winter gear, but in the end it was all worth it.

  1. No more shorts and dresses in December.

I’m sure you’ve heard your mom say “Don’t go outside with your jacket or you’ll catch a cold!” Growing up, I could wear whatever I wanted year-round. Now? Not so much – I’m just waiting for it to get warm enough so that I don’t have to grab a jacket before I go out.

  1. Snow!

The first time I saw snow was absolutely incredible. Here was my thought process after seeing it for the first time: “OH MY GOD it’s so pretty! I need to take pictures! Why aren’t people more excited about it? They’re all looking at me like I’m crazy!”

  1. Speaking of snow…

I had no idea what snow scrapers were before coming to WAC. (I mean I did, but I’d never seen one in person before.) Don’t even get me started on salting sidewalks, sleet, or hail.

  1. The cold wasn’t as bad as I thought it’d be.

Now that I’ve officially survived my first winter and spring is almost here, I’m looking forward to spending more time outside, visiting downtown Chestertown, and going to the Farmer’s Market. Happy Spring!


Jessie Ngo

Staff Blogger

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