Weary, Weathering; Winter

What College Students Do in Times of Snowy Seclusion

Patrick Ruddy
Staff Writer


Winter is the season of the holidays, including Christmas, Hanukkah and bringing in the New Year. While these are all joyous times, most people would claim that winter is not winter without one thing, snow, unless, of course, you happen to live in the Spartanburg/Greenville area and are familiar with ice and sleet more than snow.  There is no question about it. Snowstorms, while they may present optimal opportunities for flurrying fun, can also prove to be rather burdensome in regards to various daily activities that require mobile transportation. So what does that mean for our dear USC Upstate campus? For starters, this means no classes, opening up everyone’s schedules to go run around outside, impale each other with “snow” balls, tie sleds to the back of four-wheelers and trucks, and create crude characters from the frozen precipitation. That is precisely how Upstate students chose to spend their time while closed in from the rest of the community.

Upon dealing with icy conditions, intensely cold winds and, of course, schoolwork, one might think, “What would happen if I were truly snowed in? What if I had no way of escaping from my house/apartment/dorm for days?”  So, in order to get an idea, a few students from Upstate were asked this question: What three things would you want to have if you were snowed in and why? The responses varied in levels of severity and logic. For example, Josh Reed, a second semester junior, said, “A generator for backup [power], candles if the power were to go out, and a heater.” Seems like a reasonable response, to say the least. Although, it does lack something that this generation so desperately craves: entertainment. This category was soon covered by Dawson Jordan, a graphic design major at Upstate, explaining, “I would want a TV, to watch movies, blankets and clothes to stay warm, and supplies for PB&J sandwiches incase the power goes out.” Students also offered other suggestions such as the ever so obvious bread, eggs and milk. So, whether you prefer heat, electricity, or a good old PB&J sandwich, just remember to be prepared and be safe, because you don’t want to be stuck inside with “snow” way out.