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    Posted March 13, 2015 by
    La Crosse, Wisconsin
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Wintry weather

    The Struggle Of Being A College Student

    I am attending the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse. Every day I walk to campus, about a twenty minute walk. I think most students can relate to my reaction to the cold weather walk to campus since most students probably have to walk anywhere from five to thirty minutes to get to their classes. The walk to and from campus is the worst part of my day. Every morning I have to check the weather to see what the temperature and wind chill are; just looking outside on a sunny day may have you assuming it looks like a warmer day, but you will be wrong. I question my decision to go to school in the Midwest, where my body goes completely numb on a walk. A place where ice starts to form on my eyelashes. Why did I not choose to leave the Midwest and go somewhere warm for school? A place where the wind does not hurt my face, a place where I do not have to put on layer, upon layer, upon layer and still manage to get cold. Living between two bluffs, right next to the river, it can be very windy, very miserable. The temperature may read -15 degrees but once you consider the wind chill, the real feel is -27 degrees. Need to bring a beverage to class? If you bring a water bottle, it is perfect! It will be chilled by the time you get to class. But forget about bringing a travel mug with coffee in it, it will be cold before you get to your first class. The thing I hate most about winter is, slush. It is sloppy, dirty, and will keep refreezing, making walking to class dangerous. You tend to slip on ice multiple times a day and see your life flash before your eyes every time it happens. While walking through campus, it seems as though every student is training to be Olympic speed walkers, getting from one place to another as fast as they can. Once you get to the end of February, beginning of March, the weather changes each day, from snowing and being -20 degrees, to the next day being 35 and sunny. It can be very frustrating. Once it is consistently above 32 degrees, life becomes so much better. It becomes shorts weather, people grill out, and people begin riding bikes to class again. Everyone instantly becomes happier, we feel spring approaching quickly. With spring break approaching, we hope it stays warm. I will not complain about 32 degree weather, as long as it does not drop below that point. But we must stay aware of the chance that we get another snow storm, it has happened before.
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