Well, the habitual "check your grades every 2 hours" has commenced. In light of being done with my first quarter as a graduate student, I figured I would prepare for everyone for winter by listing the biggest misconceptions about Ohio winters.

1. It's really not the worst winter out there. Sure, the snow is horrible and the roads are never clear enough, but let me tell you about Michigan. In one night, they got over 3 inches, in the morning, at 10:00, the roads still weren't that great and even the ones that had been cleared had snow drifts over them. If you want bad weather, drive up 23 approximately 230 miles.

2. Don't let the sun fool you. While it may be sunny, it still is only -5 degrees out, and freezing. Cold enough that my Columbia coat makes crinkle noises when I move.

3. Don't be fooled. Even though it may be raining one day, this does not necessarily mean it will be raining, or even above freezing tomorrow (or even later that day). Always expect the worst, and if you don't like the weather, just wait 2 or 3 hours and it will change.

4. Even though there are hills in Ohio, there is still a lot of wind. The wind is the worst part.

5. Don't bother taking your car to the car wash. Next week it will be covered in salt again, even if it doesn't snow. We Ohioans like to stay prepared, just in case.

Stay warm out there. Congrats to everyone for finishing the quarter. I know it was rough for some of us, but the first one's out of the way. Just think, we are 1/6 finished with our degree! In 6 months, we will be half way there!