Once upon a time, in a land full of college applications, a bunch of gen x-ers (who at the time thought they were millennials because they didn’t know how to do simple math) made a decision. A decision that many believed to be drug-fueled − to trade the ever present blue skies for their first stereotypical white winter.
Many people who knew better kindly decided to leave out all the annoying parts of winter the way ads for medications speed through by all the horrifying side effects.
As it turns out, winter is not for everyone. Side effects can include: wistfully looking out the window, trying to locate the sun, throwing all laws of fashion to the wind and layering three Patagonia products on top of each other, increased eating to fill the void, walking around with an iced coffee frozen to your hand and, of course, falling on more asphalt in one day than the town drunk. Call a doctor if winter lasts longer than February.
“I’m over the snow. It’s gross, it’s dangerous and I never want to live in the snow ever again,” junior Anya White said.
It is obvious what cold weather natives do in this harsh new environment. We see them in an endless slew of snapchat stories; jumping into large piles of snow, skiing down hills and riding some bodacious new powder on the mountain. But what do the people who long for the warm embrace of a 65-degree winter do? Like the groundhog, are they forgotten until the first day of spring blooms? Or do they pretend to actually like this weather in order to seem cool in front of their ice-enamored friends?
“In the beginning, I really like snow cause it’s new but now I am so tired of it and I miss the sun and the warmth on my skin. I am just so tired of slipping,” sophomore Claire Snoke said. “I usually spend a snowy day inside making hot coffee or tea. I did go sledding for the first time a few days ago, but generally I stay inside."
“When it’s snowing I’ll just stay in and watch Netflix but occasionally I’ll try and go outside and do things,” White said.
While some students have fun in the snow and others struggle to survive we all still have one thing in common; walking to class is like walking the Donner pass, without all the good times. Navigating through the giant snow drifts while trying not to slip on the ice is like reenacting the chase scene from the Shining, except we all lose.
"The way that GU clears paths for us is just so annoying. I hate walking to class and having to fall all the time,” said White.
It is all about perspective. When we see you toss around words like Snowmageddon while stocking up on every canned food imaginable only to roll around in snow like a record producer in the '80s you look like a crazy person. But when we run around in a tight 98 degrees and think “comfortable” we are the crazy ones. At least we are tan.
These northerners might have their fabulous winter but at least we don’t immediately dehydrate when temperatures start creeping toward 90.
While there are many things to love about GU and the Spokane area, one of the biggest annual annoyances is the amount of snow that is not only thrown our way but freezes the life out of us.