As someone who has just recently moved to Chicago from Michigan, I’ve already had to deal with the air deciding to hurt my face. Since Michigan is on the other side of the lake, I’m used to the constant dumping of lake effect snow, but not this wind. Goodness. This wind makes you want to curl up in a ball and hibernate all winter. But, while nothing is completely successful, sometimes sassing back the weather when it is laughing at you is the best technique.I know I will be using the majority of these techniques to try and survive the Chicago cold with my fellow Loyolans.
And here is the obligatory thank you shoutout to Katherine for telling me to write this after she died in a wind vortex upon walking to Starbucks. Thanks buddy!!:)
1. Never go outside without your faithful sidekick…a thermos with some kind of hot liquid in it.
Yes, I know that this is a hassle. You either have to get up 10 minutes earlier than you planned, which all of us college students know is a lot of wasted sleep time, or you have to spend money on a drink, and we are all broke. The good news is, the dining halls have hot cocoa! A hot drink not only helps regulate your body temperature, it also helps to keep your hands warm as you run to class.
2. Bundle up.
I know a lot of people are super focused on looking cute all the time in case they meet their future significant other, but when it comes to the wind, be smart and bundle up. I guarantee the kids who look warm rather than cute are happier walking to their 8 a.m. class than you are, and going outside that early and being cold is just not setting your day up for success.
3. Invest in some tech gloves.
This is pretty self explanatory, but buy yourself a pair of warm tech gloves. That way when you get an urgent text from a friend you can respond right away without turning your fingers into icicles. Also, side note, lotion is your best friend when your hands crack. File that away for future use.
4. Scarves are important.
I never used to wear scarves at home. Ever. Now, I’ve discovered that they are a complete lifesaver. And no, I don’t mean the paper thin fashion scarf you wear to class, I mean a big knit one. Wear it every time you go outside. You’ll be surprised at how much of a difference it makes. It’s like your body guard against the wind and cold.
5. Walk with a purpose.
This is another one that is kind of common sense, but you would be surprised at how many kids slow down when they are cold. The faster you walk, the faster you get to escape the vortex. More importantly, if you are walking slow when it’s cold, there is a pretty good chance that you might get pushed or trampled by the students who are behind you. Just walk faster, but be careful of the ice.
6. Laugh back.
My personal favorite. When I’m outside stuck at the crosswalk that takes 15 years to change, it seems to help if you make fun of the weather. Many other students use this technique, swearing at the wind as they run, and while it may not stop the weather, at least it gives you the feeling like you are making progress in this battle. Plus, it’s kind of fun, and having fun on your 10 minute walk outside is a lot better than being grumpy.
So now, I leave you to embrace the cold weather and finals. You can do this. Bundle up, and don’t give up.