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Snow!

November 27, 2012   

Sorry I haven't written a journal entry in a while!  I got caught up in schoolwork and then before I knew it, it was Thanksgiving break.  But, since break ended, it has been snowing up here on the Hill!  The first few snows are always exciting.  The fresh white powder shines in the light and the frigid air is refreshing when you walk out of your dorm in the morning.  I love just thinking about the epic snowball fights or snowmen I can build now that there is a layer of snow on the ground.

However, once it starts snowing here in Clinton, it never really stops until spring.  Pretty much every day it flurries for at least a little bit.  Eventually, the white powder becomes icy and dirty and the chore of having to bundle up in the cold makes the brisk temperature not worth it.  Additionally, we rarely get snow days.  Since it snows so often, the campus is extremely prepared for cleaning up the snow for our walk to classes (Although, once during my freshman year, we had a day off from classes, but that was an exception rather than the norm). You just want spring and warm weather to hurry up, but it's still so far away.

Also, once the season changes from fall to winter, people inevitably ask me if my favorite season is winter because of my last name.  It gets really annoying!  I respond that I tend to prefer the warmth of summer because I love going to the beach, and then people always ask if I want to change my last name to Summers instead of Winters.  It gets to be really old after a while- I've heard all of the jokes already!

Although I tend to develop a slightly cynical outlook on winter by the end of the season, I can’t help but be nostalgic about the snow and the memories associated with it.  Sometimes, it's nice just to curl up in my bed with a good book and warm hot chocolate.  I also love snowball fights.  I have terrible aim and am not very good at making snowballs, but the excitement of the game is so much fun.  And, this is the only season where you can make snow-forts and snowmen!  I have many fond memories from Hamilton playing in the snow that always bring a smile to my face.  In the end, the unique qualities about winter at Hamilton versus the other seasons will always have a special place in my heart.