The 5 Stages of a Snowy Campus Morning

With winter quickly taking its hold here in the Northeast, that means a lot of snowy and icy days are ahead of us. When going to class is a primary objective, the winter weather can come in and make that walk turn into a trek. So here are the 5 stages of a snowy day on campus, based on the 5 stages of grief.

1. Denial and isolation

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This usually occurs the night before. You heard from others that it might snow tomorrow and you refuse to accept it. You close yourself in for the night and ignore everyone who is telling you anything other than it just being a normal, chilly day.

2. Anger

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You wake up and it snowed. Though part of you knew this is exactly what was going to happen, you are still angry at mother nature for choosing for it to snow today. You realize you’ve forgotten your winter coat at home. More anger ensues.

3. Bargaining

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You’ve stopped being angry now and are trying to bargain with yourself. You really don’t want to go to class so you try and make the deal that if you don’t go to class, you have to be productive here. Seems fair enough except here is your dorm. With a bed. A nice warm bed that you would absolutely climb back into if you were given the chance.

4. Depression

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After trying to bargain, you quickly realize that it will never work and proceed to sit sadly on your floor. You can’t decide what you want to do and what course of action is more worth it. You proceed to spend 10 more minutes on the floor contemplating it.

5. Acceptance

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At last, you have made the decision to just go to class. With finals quickly approaching, missing class is not an option anymore. Making light of the situation, you armor up in layers and top it off with a scarf and hat. About two minutes into your walk to class, you slip and fall, starting this process all over again.

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Of course, for the people who love the snow, this wouldn’t be a problem. However, when people don’t like the winter and the weather causes campus to become an ice sheet, it’s not so fun. Regardless, I hope everyone has a fun and safe rest of their semester!