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How To: Survive Newton In the Winter

Living in New England certainly has its ups and downs, and the cold, snowy winters can be tricky to deal with. Especially as a college student who is constantly moving from building to building. Especially as a student on Newton.

Now, don’t get me wrong, Newton is a great place to live. It fosters community and tight-knit relationships (you’ve heard this spiel before, I’m sure). However, in the winter, Newton is certainly…interesting. Here are a few tips on how to survive living on Newton Campus in the winter:

  • Leave yourself extra time in the morning for getting to class. I know, I know. Getting ready takes long enough as it is. But trust me. The buses fill up fast because no one wants to stand in the cold and snow, and when the roads are bad, traffic will be even worse than it already is on Comm. Ave
  • Wear layers! You may be freezing when you wait for the bus, but they get a little too toasty when there are too many people packed in like sardines.
  • Accept that leaving Newton to go out on the weekends is going to be brutal. Making the trek to main on the weekends is annoying enough, let alone when it is freezing out. Especially when Transloc isn’t working (everyday), so you are stuck waiting for a bus for half an hour.
  • Make sure that the heat in your room actually works, because I am convinced that Newton is slightly deprived of heat.
  • Uber is your new BFF. Yes, you used Uber a lot in the fall. But now, you literally cannot walk anywhere. Be prepared for your bank account to drain.
  • Get the warm drinks in Stuart instead of going to the Starbucks in Mac. Even though the drinks are more expensive in Stuart, they are totally worth it (hello, hot mochas on your meal plan!).
  • Use the Hut. Ugh, I know, the Hut is small, and not the best place to workout (actually maybe the worst). However, it is much better than freezing your calves off waiting for the bus, because the combination of your long black, puffy coat and cropped leggings leaves your poor calves exposed. Honestly, the Hut isn’t that bad, and at the end of the day, it’s way more convenient when you don’t have to wait in the snow for a bus going to Main and back.
  • Make the most of it and embrace the winter struggle of living on Newton. It’s just one more thing that all of the Newtonites can bond over. 

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Jackie is a freshman at Boston College studying Communication and Economics. She can be found spending time with her Little Sister, watching Audrey Hepburn movies and working on her blog. She is a jewelry addict and is a Merchandiser for a jewelry company.
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