Seasonal weather shifts affect college lifestyle

As the dog days of summer fade into the crisp ambiance of autumn, we are once again reminded that pleasant weather comes and goes in what seems like a blink of an eye. Here at Marist College, the region is already showing signs of seasonal decay as the daily average temperature begins to gradually decrease. Despite this slow decline in temperature, the sentiment among many students around campus is that they are experiencing a sudden change in seasons. Like all things, the change in season affects almost every facet of college and as such some students are more opinionated than others when reacting to the changes. “Marist gets notoriously cold in the fall and winter especially since we’re on the Hudson River” explains senior Matthew Hopkins. “This horrible change in weather makes me less excited to do activities since we have to deal with the cold conditions. I’m less likely to go the library to do work, go to the gym to workout, and even go out to the bars at night since we have to wait in the cold!” While perhaps winter may have greater negative consequences on general lifestyle other than what we college student’s hold dear, the Marist senior does have a point. The cold weather brings about change among colleges on a national scale. But because different colleges are in different regions, weather affects the undergraduate youth of America in vastly different ways.

Take for example universities north of Marist in far upstate New York. Places such as Hamilton and Rochester hold some wonderful academic institutions but the change in weather is more extreme and affects their populations at a worse rate. As Keshav Garg of Colgate University, an academic institution located in Hamilton, notes, “The mood of weather is so embedded in our lifestyle that it is blatantly obvious in not only our choices of clothing but also the student attitudes. In the middle of January the temperature can drop below 10o F and along with it people’s positive thoughts. Some people get depressed because of the prolonged cold.” Garg went on to explain that the warm weather in Hamilton does not really come until late May. At another school located only a few short hours away from Hamilton, students face a very similar struggle. As Zach Kutik of Rochester Institute of Technology claims, “As a season, fall fails to last very long here in Rochester and winter is horrible. It’s not even the snow we have to worry about it’s the freezing rain!” Luckily for Kutik, Rochester Institute of Technology has installed heated tunnels throughout the campus to provide students a more comfortable pathway to class.

While the northeast is obviously going to have it’s colder regions, universities in the south don’t have to deal with such consistent cold. Academic institutions even a little more south of the northeast experience what seems like drastically better temperatures; take for example Johns Hopkins University located in Baltimore, Maryland. The students at Johns Hopkins don’t have to deal with the colder complications of their northeastern counterparts. As Johns Hopkins University senior Carlo Olcese states, “Sure, the weather in the harbor can get a bit colder on some days but generally it’s much warmer throughout the year. In the winter, the temperature never dips below 30o F which bodes well for outdoor activities early in the spring and even late in the fall.” These schools located in slightly warmer regions are thus able to appreciate their climate to a further degree than others.

Back at Marist, we complain so often about the weather conditions in this historic region yet, we may take for granted the intrinsic value of having a little bit of extreme warmth and extreme cold here. After all, what would Marist College be without a frosted over Hudson River?

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