Beating the cold

“It’s currently 7 degrees, but with the windchill it feel about 5 degrees below zero.” OK, not exactly what I wanted to hear waking up and getting ready for class. Coming off a long weekend filled with leisurely studying made the news even more painful.

But, no matter the temperature outside, we are already in our 3rd week of the term and classes are in full swing. Cases are due within days, project deadlines are approaching, two midterms on Monday and my operations homework is due on Thursday.

Don’t forget the internship search is in full swing and interviews are popping up every week. Fisher keeps students on their toes and constantly growing and improving… However, it’s not all work and studying!

After about 18 weeks of being in class together, I know and love my core group. We have a system in place for projects and it seems to be working on very well. All the first years have figured out ways to study and prepare for class – even good ol’ finance. Our social chairs host great events that allow the class to mingle and relax at the end of the week.

If looking to get off campus for a bit, I am happy to report the Columbus Blue Jackets have (finally) returned – and starting the season off strong. You can always take a Short North Walking tour and experience the incredible food of the North Market. I love the Arena District, and they always have something exciting going out to beat the cold and snow.

Bottom line? No time for winter blues here at Fisher.  

Cbus Winter

Over the last four years I have lived in no fewer than six states. On top of that, I have visited several other states for weeks at a time. The list includes Washington, California, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Indiana, Ohio, New York, North Carolina, Texas and more. One of the advantages of visiting so many states is that you feel like you have a solid understanding of different climates around the US. Brian Regan once did a comedy skit surrounding the “Me Monster.” While most people dislike frigid winters, few people like to admit that others have it worse than they in terms of winter weather. Take it from someone who has been there and seen it. Columbus winters are cold, but not that cold.

There are generally three main arguments that people make when qualifying their worst winters. One is temperature. This argument doesn’t hold too much water in a lot of states because sheer numbers would dictate that plenty of regions in the US are worse off than they. Because of this, some argue that the humidity found in the slightly warmer temperatures creates an air that will penetrate coats and skin to hit your very bones. Others will make up for higher temperatures with wind speed. Obviously, the more the wind blows the more severe a windchill will be. Another argument is precipitation. Again, particular areas of the U.S. win in terms of sheer quantity of snowfall. To compensate for smaller amounts of snow, citizens of dryer states will argue that when snow falls, its worse because of the lack of preparation. Or maybe, the snow fall is slicker and creates worse driving conditions than in other states. Finally, some talk about the sunshine. They say the lack of sunshine creates an atmosphere that drive spirits down. Seasonal affective disorder is all too real.

While I’m only in January (arguably halfway through the winter weather), RSS weather tells me I’m in the middle of the worst month Columbus has to offer. According to their winter statistics, Columbus is mostly in the middle of all those arguments. The temperatures rarely dip below zero but there is some wind and humidity to decrease the temperature feel. Snowfall is real; however, it’s mild and there are plenty of snow plows and salt trucks running around to keep the roadways clear. Paying closer attention to the levels of sunshine, you can see that Columbus indeed has little sun during the winter. Once again though, there are plenty of regions who have the same or even less sunshine and you’ll notice that those levels only stay low for three months. If you’re wondering about the winters, bring a coat and a hat. You may want to bring layers if you’ll be outside for long periods of time but you’ll likely be okay otherwise. Here at Fisher, there are even basement tunnels that connect Fisher buildings if you’re really uncomfortable with the cold. You may be in for a surprise if you come from a sub-tropical state but if not, you’ll likely be used to whatever Columbus gets.

Kid’s story: “Home”, sweet “home”

Timeline: Sunday, 10:53 p.m.

I see: the pile of readings due tomorrow

I hear: my neighbor, as usual, moving things around in her kitchen

I smell: freshly brewed, top-of-the-line gourmet coffee (drool…)

I feel: sleepy yet satisfied

First off, I am VERY happy to be back in my apartment.

No, wait, I think that should go last. Let me start over…

This weekend I was in Minneapolis, MN, for a job fair. Despite it being the main purpose of my trip, I will share very little of the job fair itself, other than the fact that I’m looking forward to 45 seconds of conversation to make worthwhile the circa 72 hours that I spent there.

The city of Minneapolis is a place where I hadn’t been before. I must say that the first enlightening thing that I brought back from the trip is a renewed appreciation of the Columbus weather. I mistakenly assumed that, as has been true of most of my previous, non-FCOB related trips, the location of the event would be my hotel, hence making it unnecessary to go outside. I never asked, but I was never told otherwise either. Given that the dress code for the event was business formal, packing could not be as light as I would have liked in the first place, so I didn’t consider taking a coat, gloves, hat or anything similar.

The city greeted us with a whopping 6°C which quickly faded away and we never saw again, as the high forthwith was 3°C and didn’t hesitate to go quite a few times into the negatives. Oh, the horror of having been brought up in tropical weather and wearing barely a scarf in those conditions…

A second enlightening thing I brought back was that ignorance is seldom bliss, and it certainly wasn’t in this case. Minneapolis has a many-miles-long skyway system that interconnects most of the buildings in its downtown area (including among many others the Marriott and the Convention Center, both of which comprised my useful area), thus eliminating the need to go outside. Needless to say, I didn’t know that, and apparently some of the people in my group did know that it existed but not how to use it. The upside is that I spent only my first day in ignorance and henceforth refrained from wondering “hm, are there no pedestrians in this city?” by simply being where they actually were.

Third: strong cold temperatures will erase parts of your memory, so the lesson is that next time I go partying where there are Jägermeistern served by either MH or JC, I will take a cab and not walk for 20 minutes back to the hotel. Yes, I do blame the cold for that; enough said.

Now I can get back to my original point: I am VERY happy to be back in my apartment (still my “home”, not yet totally my home). Sharing a hotel room with two strangers (men) is not so appealing; for some reason, they didn’t like the fact that I take an hour in the shower in the mornings. Also, although the job fair was useful and I had tons of fun (including seeing Alejandro Fernández in a private concert he gave for us attendees; oh, yes, it happened and oh, yes, I did go a bit crazy), I am staring now at a big pile of homework (i.e. reading) and housework (i.e. cleaning) that just didn’t manage to get done without me here.

Next time, I’ll double check the necessary clothing for trips, take some readings with me, and do something about the memory loss thing.

“Write it, get it, paste it, save it, load it, check it, quick rewrite it…” – Daft Punk