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Why I Hate Winter (as a New Englander)

When it comes to my favorite seasons, I have a definitive order and winter falls dead last. Here are some of the worst things I’ve observed about winter from living in New England my whole life:

1. First and foremost: Shoveling.

Photo via The Chive

I don’t know about you, but my perfect day does not consist of having to repetitively lift piles of snow in the air for hours. And I can’t even complain when I think of my grandparents having to do the same thing.

2. Coats are terrible.

Photo via Conlin Creative

Isn’t wearing the same thing every time you go outside fun? Oh yeah, and your coat is so heavy and bulky that you end up feeling weighed down with every step. You spend the whole winter looking like the Pillsbury Doughboy.

3. Winter sports.

I’ve never understood skiing and snowboarding: they’re expensive, bad for the environment, uncomfortable (as you can see, I don’t even like the feeling of a winter coat), and just downright scary. Ninety percent of snowshoeing is just making sure you’re still moving forward and not downward. What’s the point of sledding when you spend most of the time dragging the sled up the hill? I’ll admit, I have a soft spot for skating, but that’s a different story.

4. Fresh air becomes a rarity.

Photo: driving on an icy road

On a good day, being outside is bearable. On a bad day, we spend all the time just thinking about going back indoors. Trying to drive on the icy roads is the icing on the cake.

5. Diets go to hell.

Photo: comfort foods

Between the holidays, bad weather and “seasonal cooking” of stews, mac n’cheese, and comfort food, it’s almost impossible to not gain a few pounds.

6. It’s always dark.

Photo: darkness at 4 pm winter

And it’s oh-so-dreary. And depressing outside.

As much as I dislike winter, growing up in a place with seasons has helped me see the beauty in those I like (summer) and even the other two seasons, making those times of the year better as a whole for me, so I can’t say it’s all bad. Hopefully, my next article will be a little more positive.


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Olivia is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences studying marine science. She loves the ocean and summer more than anything and wants to live somewhere warmer one day even though she's spent her whole life in Massachusetts. She also likes music, night runs, and writing pointless things.
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