Winter: A Complicated Relationship

When I arrived back on campus after the four day weekend this October, I immediately noticed something was off. I didn’t know what it was, but something just looked different. All of a sudden I realized: Where did all the leaves go??? And can they please make a return?


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As I had made the trek from school back to Connecticut for the weekend, I was in awe of the foliage I saw while driving. Seriously, it looked like something out of a postcard. Fall is my favorite season, and looking at those views only made me wish it lasted longer. Unfortunately, it only took the four days I was gone for all the leaves to drop and make it look like Winter is quickly approaching.


Of course, Winter brings a lot of good things with it, like skiing, the holidays, and all that good stuff, but for myself and a lot of people I know, it can also bring a bit of seasonal depression. When you’re not prepared for the cold, (wasn’t it July like 2 minutes ago?), it’s definitely not your favorite thing to start breaking out the heavy Winter coats in mid October. Especially in Vermont, we cherish the heat for as long as we can because when it goes away, it really goes away. A Burlington Winter is no joke.


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At the same time, I can’t help but be excited for the change of season. There’s really nothing like that first blanket of snow, or going home to spend Thanksgiving with the fam. In order to prepare myself, I’m planning on getting as much vitamin D as possible while I still can. That means running outside every day, hanging out in Burly when it’s warm, and just generally soaking up the sun every chance I get, because I know I’ll miss it when I’m trudging through a foot of snow on my way to the library.


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