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https://pixabay.com/p-690107/?no_redirectOver half of West Virginia Universitys student body are non-residents of West Virginia, meaning theyre coming from out of state. While some of these folks might have come from neighboring states like Pennsylvania or Ohio, other students might come from warmer states. If youre still not used to the northern winters of West Virginia, heres a little survival guide to help you get through the bitter winter.
Layer Up, Buttercup
You can never be too prepared for a snowstorm, especially when those winds get whipping around. The icy winds will pierce right through your jacket and tee shirt. So make sure you have multiple layers on under your winter jacket. Were not talking about just 2 shirts. Get some fleece lined jeans and weather proof boots. Put your holey sneakers away for the season and get some shoes that wont let the melted snow leak in.
Invest in a Good Thermos
Theres nothing worse than getting to class after trudging through the snow and not warming back up again until you get back to your apartment after classes are through. When you get up in the morning, brew up a hot pot of coffee, hot chocolate, or tea and throw it in a thermos. It will keep your hands toasty on the way to campus and it will restore your bodys warmth as you sip it in class. Just make sure your professor doesnt have a no food and drink policy!
Take Care of Your Car
If you drive to class, you want your car to hold up through the winter, right? Youll need to give it a little extra attention in the winter to make sure its in proper working order. Check your tire pressure frequently. Cold weather affects the pressure which could in turn affect your traction and gas mileage. To prevent your fuel lines freezing, keep a full gas tank throughout winter. Follow these tips and you wont have to resort to hoofing it around Morgantown.
Keep all of your cold weather essentials on hand. Blankets, candles, Netflix, hot chocolate, and books are important to your sanity throughout the winter. Take stock of your apartment, if you dont have these things, its time for a trip to the store. Buy in bulk and then you wont have to head back out into the cold for these things again!
Winter sucks. It was great when you were a kid, but its a garbage season as soon as you become an adult. You can minimize the trauma of the season with a little preparation. Worse comes to worst, you can just hibernate in your Pierpont apartment for the next few months.
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