Freezing temperatures are nothing new for State College, but that doesn’t mean they’re any less annoying. CATA buses run slower and the air feels like death, but alas, class must go on. Here are some tips for surviving the icepocalypse:
1. Leave extra time to get to class
Leaving 15 minutes to get to class just isn’t going to cut it when it’s 12 degrees and icy. Sidewalks will be horrible and buses will take longer. Wake up just a few minutes earlier and spare yourself the awkwardness of bursting into a lecture late.
2. Prepare for lines
When the weather outside is frightful, so are the lines for nearly any on-campus food place. Everybody crams in there for warmth. If you think you’ll have time to grab a sandwich at Au Bon Pain for lunch, forget it.
3. Get free coffee
Coffee is perfect for warming up in between class. Skip the long line at Starbucks though, State College has tons of little shops that offer free coffee to students.
4. Stay in for once
Call me crazy, but sometimes partying and getting wasted just isn’t worth braving the cold. Just do it in your apartment instead. You don’t want to be that guy or gal slipping their way down frat row.
5. Don’t count on delays and cancellations
Unless you go to a branch campus, the chances that there will be a delay or cancellation are slim to none.
6. Stock up on food
Not that this is usually a problem for college students. Nobody wants to walk to McLanahan’s in subzero weather. Spare yourself the pain of multiple trips and buy in bulk — you’ll thank yourself later.
7. Cover doors and windows
Covering doors and windows with blankets or whatever you can find keeps heat in and cold out. It’s a good trick for keeping down the heating bill.
8. Don’t wear Uggs
Ladies (or gents, no judgment), contrary to popular belief, Uggs are not snow boots. They have little to no traction, which can make for one slippery adventure. Leave the Uggs at home if you want to make it to class without injury.
9. Stick to on-campus sidewalks
Most main campus sidewalks are heated to protect students from falling and PSU from lawsuits. Avoid the deathtrap that is downtown and travel through campus.
10. Don’t be that guy
Don’t be that guy that wears shorts when it’s snowing, just don’t.