Lately the weather has been strange. During the month of February we’ve had sunny days and a bit of warmth. It is March and snow unexpectedly hit the town of Saratoga Springs. And I don’t mean a little flurry of flakes, I mean full on snow of about 6-10 inches. I want to be upset about it and I was when I first woke yesterday morning, looked out my window, and then looked at my emails and realized none of my classes were canceled. But as I was walking up the hill toward the admissions building for work I realized it all looked too beautiful to be upset. It also wasn’t that cold out and the snow wasn’t a pain in the rear end since it was not that mushy messy snow, or the slippery dangerous kind just beautiful oversized snow flakes. Everything was covered in a sheet of snowy soft-ness. The usual mid- day breaks that consist of grabbing a bite at the Spa became the perfect times for students to build large snow men, go for a quick sled sesh, or build forts. And when I say fort, I mean these are some of the largest snow forts I have ever seen built. I am pretty sure I saw what looked like a legit igloo by the Tang Museum.
So yes it can snow in Saraotga. And it can snow quiet a bit. It can get pretty cold as well, of course. I think after some time students get use to it and it shortly becomes the norm. “Oh its January and 5 degrees outside?! No big deal” Though this winter has been very strange. The temperature has been in the high 40s and low 50s. I mean, it snowed a ton yesterday and it is not as cold as I would have expected it to be. And that bit may be addressing issues that are out Skidmore’s control, as much as I’d love to say that Skidmore controls the local weather. What’s great is that, inches of snow or a bed of flowers on every corner of this campus, it is a beautiful campus and often takes my breath away. As much as I would love to be upset at having to travel in the snow and cold I appreciate it all for its beauty and all that comes with it. Campus activities are indoors and often prepared with hot cider and chocolate; students nuzzle in the warmth of their rooms to watch movies with their dorm mates and house mates; and the best places to study become the seats as close as possible to the fire places in the atrium of the dining hall.
For me its a wonderland no matter the season. The snow just makes it a winter wonderland.