You’re probably sick of the sticky snow, covering the sidewalks and roads. Are you tired of your cold commutes to class and anxious to be rid of that heavy feeling of being busy every second of every day? With the winter blues upon us here in Michigan, it’s a shame that they don’t give us time off for Groundhog Day or Valentine’s Day. The weather might be freezing, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find yourself burned out from the responsibilities that fill your schedule between the months of September and May.
I remember a particularly gloomy day during my freshman year here at Michigan State, when the stress seemed to have gotten the better of me. I shoved the door to my room open with a bang. The ends of my hair looked like icicles and I thought that if I had spent one more minute outside, I would have lost a toe, or two, to frostbite. I was returning from a frigid run, during which I’d fallen in the middle of the crosswalk and torn a hole in my pants (and my ego). It’d only been a couple of days since I’d gotten dumped by my high school boyfriend and I hated all of my classes. I was ready to quit college.
Instead, I took a deep breath and decided to make some changes. I bought a gym membership with my best friend (no more embarrassing falls), joined clubs to pass the time and meet new people and made an appointment with an advisor to really get my future figured out. And, I took a break.
The menacing clouds and mounds of snow may seem like added burdens to your busy academic life by the time you’re marking the days of February off on your calendar, but even the end of the winter season can be filled with wonders.
Maybe you need a day spent in your bed, just you and your body pillow, with twinkle lights on and a playlist of movies queued on your Netflix account. Perhaps you need to gather all your friends into the kitchen to whip up some red velvet cookies before heading out for a night of music and fun at your new favorite bar: Mac’s Bar or The Avenue café. Or you might just need to get away from Michigan, using the short month of February to plan an exciting, low-budget spring break or a volunteer getaway that you’ll be daydreaming about for the next few weeks.
Whatever you need to cure your winter blues, ing Magazine is here to help you make the best of the freezing temps and find your happiness buried beneath the snow. Remember to embrace your college experience, even when it seems too cold to leave your cozy bed. Maybe you’ll even end up rediscovering what made you fall in love with Michigan State and your studies in the first place.
Danielle Schwartz is a junior studying English and professional writing. When she’s not writing or taking pictures of her dog, you can usually find her eating a veggie burger or drinking English Breakfast tea. See her dog pics on Instagram at @danielleeilleen.