The Great Blizzard (From the Eyes of a Californian)

So if any of you have been watching the news lately, you'll know Juno just hit the Northeast.  Much snow was promised (and received) and First Years from warm climates (like me) rejoiced and shivered aplenty.  I've skied before, so I'm not a stranger to snow, but the snow is usually on the ground already when I go skiing.  Snow actually falling from the sky so much it blocks the bottom 1/4 of your window?  Not a common sight.

Snow from Juno in RoomThe view from my room.

At least we don't have to shovel the snow away - we have great Facilities workers to be thankful to for that (I'm constantly seeing snow plows and blowers pass by my room clearing the walkways).

Snow Blocked DoorThe door in West Hall that is closest to the dining hall - I think this is immediately after facilities shoveled out that walkway...

I've kept my blinds up all day to see the snow outside and watch other people do their shenanigans in the snow.  The dining hall staff even stayed in hotel rooms at Babson College so that they could get here to cook for us.

And yes, I know I mentioned shenanigans.  Snow just seems to bring out the crazy (and awesome) in people.  Because of all the snow (and the travel ban for Massachusetts), a snow day was declared (my first ever!).  I walked out of breakfast (brunch?) this morning (afternoon?) and saw a lot of people gathered at the top of the stairs going from the great lawn to the O.  Turns out, they turned the stairs (which you couldn't see under all the snow) into a sledding track.  I've never sledded before, so I joined in and promptly got a faceful of snow.  Sorry I don't have pictures of that for you guys - my phone stayed nice and dry indoors.

Some other stuff I saw from my window - skiing/snowboarding.  At the bottom of the second set of stairs going from the great lawn to the O, several of my fellow freshmen built a mini jump and brought out their skiing/snowboarding gear.  Jumping ensued.

During the day yesterday (before the blizzard hit), a lot of students came together to build a giant igloo.  Snow blocks were made and put in place with "grout" (a mix of water and snow that brought the snow close to melting so that it would freeze blocks of snow together).  Three people stood on top of the igloo and it is still intact, even after the blizzard, so I'd say it's pretty structurally sound (I wouldn't sleep in it though).

Igloo 2015Very zoomed in picture of the igloo as seen from my room

Olin also has a tradition called "California Day," where on the first day that a substantial amount of snow is on the ground, people from warm climates (mostly people from California) don their bathing suits and run around outside.  It happened at midnight last night (still before the worst of the blizzard hit I think) and many of us froze our feet.  We sacrificed ourselves for the sake of tradition and being crazy hooligans (read: college students).

Unrelated to the blizzard, Olin has a group called OWSAC, the Olin Winter Sports and Activities Club, which planned a trip to Gunstock, a ski resort close by in New Hampshire (2 hour drive from Olin).  We skiied from 4pm to 10pm for the low low price of $32 (including rental!).  The normal price is $42, but the Student Activities Committee sponsored the trip and reimbursed participants $10.  I have skiied before, so I helped a couple of fellow Oliners learn how to ski (teaching people how to slow down was harder than I thought it would be).  All in all, everyone had a great time (the people who haven't skiied before said they would absolutely ski again)!

So, to my fellow Californians (and people from warm climates), snow isn't horrible - it's fun and beautiful!  Don't listen to the news when it's announcing the Northeast is about to implode due to snow.

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