Welcome Back!

After a brief hiatus (aka winter break) we’re back in the swing of things.  Classes have started, homework has been assigned, textbooks have been purchased, friends have been greeted, and I’m back to blogging.

Winter Quarter can be a tough quarter at Ohio State, namely due to the cold temperatures to which we are exposed.  There are many days in a row where all we have is gray skies.  Cold winds hit you as you walk across campus.  Sometimes, when Mother Nature is feeling particularly nasty, we even have snow.

That probably makes Winter Quarter sound unbearable and awful, right?  Well, luckily for you, I’ve got a few tips on how to make the most out of Winter Quarter!  And trust me, after 3 Winter Quarters and 22 years of Ohio winters, I can say from experience that it’s really not as bad as it sounds.

  • Load up on tough classes:  When its cold, gray, and snowy outside, you’ll want to be inside.  Take this opportunity to load up on some of the more difficult classes you’ve got to take!  When spring rolls around, you won’t want to be inside studying.  So while you’re stuck inside, you might as well clear your schedule for spring and enjoy the sun while you can!
  • Schedule Smart:  What I mean by this, is try to schedule your classes as close together as you can.  This reduces the number of times you’ll have to leave the building, which means you’re only cold twice a day (when you get to the building and when you leave the building).  Carefully selecting your classes and planning ahead can make this a certainty!
  • Catch up on movies:  Again, you likely won’t be outside for the majority of days in winter quarter.  Luckily, the Gateway Film Center is conveniently located at 10th and High and has great student ticket deals.  You worked hard in the fall, so go enjoy some movies with your friends!  What’s even cooler is that the GFC shows more than just mainstream movies, so you’ll definitely find something that suits your fancy.
  • Ohio State Basketball:  This year, we have an incredible team.  However, every year our team is at least pretty good and definitely worth going to watch!  Student tickets are very reasonably priced and aren’t too difficult to find.  Make sure you get to at least one game – you won’t regret it!
I’ve always felt that Winter Quarter also offers some of the best electives.  Make sure you check these out well before scheduling, so you can decide for certain which classes will help you battle the cold winter temperatures!