Since my move from California to Boston, I have slowly but surely adjusted to all of the unexpected and unfamiliar weather patterns. However, I did get off on a bad start.
The first day that it rained I was completely unprepared and I think I made it very clear to everyone that I was from California and a rookie at understanding the weather. The morning was sunny and it was hot outside, but by the time I came out of my second class it was raining the hardest I have ever seen it rain. I had a 15-minute walk to my next class on the other side of campus, and all I was wearing was a white t-shirt and thin flowy pants. I just had to suck it up and walk and by the time I got to my next class my hair was completely drenched and my clothes had become a full shade darker. I had to sit dripping through that hour lecture embarrassed at my Californian foolishness.
Before coming to Boston, I hardly ever checked the weather, but now it has become an essential part of my daily routine when I get ready in the morning. After a couple of freezing walks to class, I eventually discovered that when you look at the weather application, there is a section that tells you not only the temperature but what temperature it “feels like.” This is a lifesaver because the “feels like” temperature is usually about 10 degrees colder, and ever since I discovered this I have gotten better at dressing reasonably for the weather.
When it snows here is also really exciting. The snow makes everything so pretty and even though the temps are cold, I don’t mind it at all. The first day that it snowed this year everyone got so excited – we all went out, had snowball fights, and built snowmen. It was also the first time that some people had ever seen snow, so that was also amazing to witness.
I think that having gloomy and rainy days has just made me appreciate the sunny days that we have here so much more. At home, a sunny day is not significant or special, but here, even if it is still really cold, seeing the sun can brighten my day and make me so much happier.
I love experiencing different weather and have adjusted relatively well so far!