College Campus Winter Survival Tips

It may be "spring" semester, but there are still two months of winter left. If you go to school in the south or on the west coast, you can pretty much stop reading here. In most parts of the United States, January and February are the coldest months of the year. It can be tough staying motivated when all you want to do is hide in bed with hot chocolate and Netflix. However, there are definitely things you can do to to make winter a little more bearable.

Add more blankets to your bed. If you are living in a dorm, it's bound to be chilly at night even with the heat turned on. I have two blankets on my bed, as well as a comforter. Even though I often wake up with less blankets actually covering me, it's nice to be able to get super cozy at night. Then, mornings are freezing, which makes it harder to get up and get moving. Set your alarm a little earlier so you can hit snooze or lay in bed a little longer. Give yourself time to prepare for the weather outside and drink a cup of coffee if you need it.

Invest in a to-go coffee mug so you can take coffee (or hot chocolate!) with you in the morning. This will also save you some money, since you won't have to stop at Starbucks everyday on your way to campus.

Although it may be awfully cold outside, it's likely to be much warmer in academic buildings. I would suggest dressing in layers so you don't end up sweating through your classes. Instead of just throwing a sweatshirt on, start with a t-shirt and work your way up to your winter jacket. Walking across campus in tennis shoes sounds great until it snows and you have wet socks for the rest of the day. I like my duck boots for winter weather but rain boots work just as well. Waterproof boots will keep your feet warm and dry.

Getting sick while you're at college is no fun. Having a cold in the winter is even worse. Watch out for sick friends or roommates and start taking Vitamin C now to prevent catching anything. It's important to take care of your body, especially in winter. Use lotion regularly because winter means dry skin. 

If you are lacking motivation in the mornings, it's going to be even harder to make yourself go back to campus to study later. Head to the library straight from class so you can relax when you do get back home or to your dorm.

Winter at college can be a nightmare or it can be totally bearable. Instead of spending your time hoping for classes to be cancelled, make the most of the cold weather. Hey, maybe you will get a snow day this year! Until then, keep your room cozy and bundle up before you go to class!

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