Brrr! It was actually really cold out yesterday, cold enough to wear like four sweaters for the brief walk between my apartment and Case Center. Cold enough to break out the thermal socks! I actually like winter at Skidmore — frigid conditions make any warm indoor area feel heavenly in comparison. Another winter bonus: the good folks at Skid have put together a little holiday slideshow, and it’s heartwarming enough to combat the stress of finals and saying goodbye to good friends for winter break.
Ten more reasons to love Skidmore during the cold months:
- Covered walkways that connect the art studio, the library, the student center, d-hall and a few residence halls. They help keep the snow out of your hair at the very least.
- The annual Saratoga Chowderfest, when downtown restaurants offer samples of their own signature chowders. Chorizo and blue tortilla corn chowder? Spicy bacon clam chowder? Yee yee. Mark your calendars for February 2012!
- SGA usually hosts some kind of winter carnival with hot chocolate, games, fun stuff, yadda yadda yadda.
- There are a ton of lectures, concerts, a capella jams, and movie screenings to distract us from the fact that it’s four degrees outside.
- The Snow Sports club arranges carpools to nearby mountains for ski and snowboarding trips.
- Don’t worry about slipping and falling on the ice on your way to an apartment party…there are hefty buckets full of salt stationed strategically around campus, so slippery sidewalks are rare indeed.
- D-hall has enough comfort food to obliterate Seasonal Affective Disorder; they serve a full-on Thanksgiving dins (turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce) every two weeks.
- Winter brings two fun fashion events: the Element Fashion Show, which involves vintage, recycled and repurposed clothing designed by students, and the Ujima Fashion Show, an event created by Skidmore’s African/African-American/Caribbean awareness club.
- You can go ice skating at the Saratoga City rink, or just watch a Skidmore hockey game.
- Winter does end…eventually!