Three Essentials for Battling a New England Winter
Here are three tips I’ve found essential for keeping your cool during the coldest time of the year!
- No. 1
Layers, Layers, Layers
You’ve likely heard the necessity of a good winter coat: something with insulation (be it down or a synthetic filling), a hood, and a water-resistant shell. However, another essential in keeping warm is layers. Wearing a base layer under your day clothes will give you a warmth boost that’s low-profile, while a zippered fleece is easy for removal in warmer classrooms. The ability to customize with layers takes much of the guesswork out of staying comfortable both indoors and outdoors.
- No. 2
The chills and gusts of the winter season can do some serious damage to your skin, especially with long exposure. If you have sensitive skin like me, it’s essential to plan ahead before you find your entire face frozen and chapped. Applying an unscented lotion before bed and during your morning routine helps lock in moisture without irritating your skin. Also, carrying around a heavy-duty lip balm, like Burt’s Bees or Aquaphor, will save you from the terrible sensation of chapped lips.
- No. 3
As dorky as they may look, snow boots are one of my must-haves. Not only do they keep your feet warm, but their height prevents your socks from getting soaked with melted snow and slush. I’ve damaged some of my favorite sneakers by wearing them in the snow, all in the name of fashion (see above). It’s not worth it, I promise!
My Favorite Running Routes in Hanover
My high school track days may be over, but I came to Hanover knowing I wanted to keep running, for the sake of fitness as well as my mental well-being.
Making the Most of Finals
Long before I began applying to college, I’d heard from older friends about the struggles of finals week: lengthy exams worth a quarter of your grade, research papers, and a general lack of sleep to accompany high stress levels.
Making Hanover Home in Four Easy Steps
If you ever get homesick like this – or think you might once your college years begin – I’ve made a list of a few activities that help me reacclimate.
- No. 1
I’m a lifelong musician and music lover, so I always turn to my music library when I’m feeling excited, stressed, or nostalgic. I compiled some songs that remind me of home – whether it be Minneapolis artists or simply tunes that evoke high school and old friends. I had to include Prince, of course, but I also threw in Moses Sumney, Young Thug, and dvsn, some of my favorite artists.
- No. 2
Nothing beats actually seeing your friends and family. That’s why I often FaceTime the people closest to me. I try to FaceTime my brother at least once every two weeks; it’s a great time to get caught up with exciting events and rant about bad days/weeks. Although more time consuming, it beats texting by a long shot.
- No. 3
Although not exactly in your power, care packages are one of the most effective lift-me-ups. Whether they contain your favorite foods, dorm decorations, or that one article of clothing you forgot to pack, the material satisfaction of opening a box with your name handwritten on it can’t be beaten. It doesn’t have to be just from parents, though – sending one to a close friend can be a great way to reconnect!
Short Days, Long Nights
Even being from the Northern United States, it catches me by surprise every time; it seems as though I’ll look down to finish reading a paragraph, and then look back up to a completely dark window.
- No. 1
Collis After Dark
Collis After Dark is a program that offers late-night entertainment such as music, comedy, dance, and other opportunities. So far, there have been two concerts, a rollerskating rink, multiple movie nights, and an inflatable bouncy castle. If you and your friends are looking for something to do on Friday and Saturday nights, this is the place to go! Pro-tip: Collis Cafe offers incredible late-night snacks (pictured above) every day of the week in conjunction with its late-night programming. It's well worth the trek from the library or your dorm hall.
- No. 2
If you're from the city like I am, stargazing isn't an activity you can do often. But Hanover's isolated location makes it the perfect spot to see all the sky's constellations. Stargazing events are frequently put on by clubs and House communities. Your phone might not be able to snap a good picture, but the experience itself will be sufficiently memorable!
- No. 3
Going for a walk
It sounds cliché, but going for a walk around campus is the best way for me to decompress and get rid of any stress. Removed of the hectic afternoon buzz, the Green and the surrounding buildings are majestic and peaceful, and the nighttime air is especially crisp. It's also a great time to call your parents or friends from home. If you feel more comfortable walking with friends, bring them along, too. Just make sure you pack a jacket!