By Daisha Overstreet

Walking across campus through the snow is not a fun activity, but we all have to do it. I have yet to meet one person who enjoys the face blistering wind and slippery, slushy snow. I praise you if you do enjoy the cold weather.

One morning, I woke up unusually late for class. I looked at the time, flew out of my bed, got dressed, washed my face and brushed my teeth all before I landed on the ground. Apparently, there was a catastrophic blizzard (but of course, not catastrophic enough to cancel class) the night before that I wasn’t aware of, so as I stepped outside, my mouth dropped and my heart broke. My whole life was covered in snow. Arriving to class late was still on my mind, so I tried to speed up my “grandma refusing to slip on the ice that’s everywhere” walk into an “exhausted after a long day at a retail job” trot. It wasn’t really that big of a difference in speed, but it made me feel like I was actually putting in effort to make it to class. Bowman Hall was nearing, and my hope-o-meter slightly increased. In slow motion, my arm dramatically stretched for the door handle, but, suddenly, my equilibrium lost all control. As my feet slid forward, my body fell backwards, causing me to completely smack into the concrete. I regained my mushy, slushy, composure and finally entered the building only to find a note on the door stating “Class is canceled today.”

I looked at my phone, and there was that golden email. Class was cancelled.

Here are a few tips to avoid this situation and have a better start to your winter trek:

  • Wake up early
    • I usually check my email as soon as I wake up to make sure no classes are cancelled. Also I set several alarms to make sure I am awake to get ready and go to class on time.
    • After checking your email, DEFINITELY check the weather to prepare your mind, body and spirit to endure the conditions of the day.
  • Email your professor for information discussed if you do miss class.
    • This should be the first thing you do as soon as you decide to skip class. In this case, my professor emailed me the complete assignment of the day and the homework I need to complete before we meet again.
    • If you don’t want to email the professor, make sure you have reliable friends in that class that will tell you what you have missed.
  • It’s okay to slip and fall! There’s snow everywhere, so falling at least once is bound to happen!