College Tip #2: Dress in Layers

72378_10151380097910680_1453851526_nOne of the best pieces of advice I can offer you for college is simple: dress in layers.

You might check the weather before you leave your dorm to get an idea of the weather for the day, sure, but don’t believe it. Like the weatherman on television, IT WILL BE WRONG. Trust me on this.

If the weather app on your iPhone says that the forecast is going to be partly cloudy and 25 degrees, dress like it’s going to be below zero and blizzarding. That means a heavy jacket, a thick scarf, a lumberjack hat (if desired, a regular hat will suffice), and gloves. If you’re super tech-savvy you can go for those super cool texting gloves! And don’t forget an umbrella! You might be sweating when you get to class, but when that hell on earth called “wintry mix” starts halfway through financial accounting, you won’t regret looking like Ralphie’s brother from A Christmas Story.

575339_10151429822955680_880318741_nBeing a student at Cornell, “dress in layers” has be come my mantra. The weather in Ithaca–like so many other places in the country–can be beautiful. The rolling hills, Lake Cayuga in the background, flurries falling around the clock tower… but it can also be extremely temperamental. I’m talking PMS, raging hormones temperamental. Watch out.

I can walk to class and it will be sunny and warm(ish), but then, after 50 short minutes, the skies have clouded over, it’s so windy that I can’t walk straight, and snow blinds me as it hits my eyes. Not okay. Seriously, what the hell?

I don’t get it. How does this happen? HOW CAN THE WEATHER CHANGE THAT FAST? If I could run as fast as the weather changed in Ithaca…

But no matter where you go to school, please, please heed my advice: dress in layers, or may God have mercy on your frozen soul.

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