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Why won’t school ever be cancelled?

Whenever we get snow, the first schools to close are always the high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools. The babies of the community get to sleep in, hang out with their friends, and eat all day.

Colleges, however, hardly ever close. Colleges will wait until death is a certainty when you go outside before they close the school, whereas high schools will close when there is a centimeter of snow on the ground. I went through the torture that was high school, and this is how I’m repaid? I did my time and now these kids in high school get to have a week off of school while I have 8 am classes every day. It’s unfair and ridiculous.

Why can't school be closed everyday? Photo from plano88
Why can’t school be closed everyday? Photo from plano88

I used to go to Blacksburg High School where school is closed every other day during the winter. As I’m writing this, my mom got a call saying that the high school is closed for tomorrow. The reasons why high schools are closed are ridiculous.

Radford has forced me to check my email every three minutes, hoping for classes to be cancelled. They’ve created a monster in me. These kids who get to wake up at 7:30 am to get to school at 7:45  are complaining about having to go to school, when I have to wake up at 6 am every morning to leave by 7:15 in order to get to Radford by 7:45. I then have to park in four-hour parking, and walk in the 12 degree weather to my class across campus. But, apparently, the high schools definitely need to be closed and colleges should never close. It all makes so much sense. I wish I could feel bad for my friends that are still in high school, but I don’t.

They say college is so much better than high school, but from what I’ve seen, college is harder and will close when hell freezes over. My favorite part of college is walking to class with my hands feeling like ice cubes, my nose dripping with snot because it’s so cold, and then getting to the classrooms where it’s hotter than hell, forcing me to take off all of my snow gear and then having to put it back on when I leave. That’s the best. I love college.

Radford’s Recent Snowpocalypse

Our school was closed Friday due to all the snow we ended up getting in what the students all call Radford’s Snowpocalypse 2016.  We got the day off Friday to go play in the snow with everyone and enjoy the winter wonderland for the weekend.  There are always some positives and negatives when something like a snow storm hits your town, I like to focus more on the positives but also can’t help to think about some of the negative aspects as well.

How did you spend the snow day? Graphic from BoulderSource
How did you spend the snow day? Graphic from Boulder Source

Some positives were that we got to have school off the whole day and wake up to it snowing which is always exciting no matter how old you are.  Also, because of the snow almost nobody was able to drive so we could walk and run through the streets without worrying about watching out for cars.  There was so much snow it was easy to have snowball fights, make igloos, and snow angels with everyone which was the most fun of my weekend.  However, some negatives that came with the snow were how cold it is for one.  You had to be wearing triple layers of socks and long boots with lined leggings and a huge puffy jacket not to mention ear muffs or a hat and gloves because if you didn’t at least have this stuff you were frozen somewhere on your body when you were outside in the snow.  Also, since we didn’t have school a lot of people spent a lot of their money on either drinks or food either preparing for the snow because they wouldn’t be able to leave the house for a while or just getting things to go to parties.  That was the lowest negative for me was spending more money than I had anticipated or wanted to.

Overall, the snowpocalypse in Radford was well worth all of the money blown and frozen faces and hands.

 

Brrr! It’s cold out there

The phenomenon has lasted since the beginning of my middle school career. The winter is coming to an end and there’s that one random day of warmth. The temperature has somehow skyrocketed from 20 degrees or less up to a roaring 65! People tend to freak out when this happens. They see the glimmer of hope that all of this is going to be over. The cold is going away! No more snow!

However, this is just a fluke;the cold comes back full force later that week, or worse, the very next day. Now 65 degrees really isn’t even that warm-in my humble opinion-but that doesn’t stop us. Students break out their summer dresses and shorts, attempting a bizarre ritual where we try to force the cold season to end by sheer willpower. This happens every year, without fail.

People try so hard to force a new season to begin and move on to something else. We know we can’t though. We have to take things one day at a time and let them run their course. You should really enjoy each season, one at a time. For one thing, you catch colds and have them spread across campus when you don’t dress appropriately for the weather. Also, you’re rushing through your college career.

snowEven though college is a trying and stressful time for a lot of people, it’s also an experience that will impact you and your choices for the rest of your life. You can’t simply skip that. Take everything one day at a time and get as much as you can out of this before you’re on your own in the big bad world. In the blink of an eye, you’ll have graduated and be responsible for taking care of yourself and building a career.

There are just so many things you can do in college to maximize your experience. Even if you feel like your workload is large, clubs can be a lifesaver, an oasis. Clubs can provide the mental break from all of the homework and planning that you are constantly busy with. Clubs can also provide you with connections and strong friendships that can help you later on in life.

Preventing the college cold

College is all fun and games until someone in the dorm gets sick, then it spreads like wildfire. Dorms are notorious for spreading disease quickly. Students live so close together that it’s nearly impossible to avoid the spread of germs. If you get sick easily, it’s important to do all you can to stay healthy. Here are some things to do if you or a roommate becomes sick. Continue reading Preventing the college cold