During my years at Wittenberg, I have come to have a love-hate relationship with the month of February. We all have made jokes about Midwest weather and its relentless ability to change on a dime. The morning could start off below zero with snow on the ground and by the end of the day, everyone is walking around in shorts and the snow is almost completely melted.
Well, I find this to be extremely accurate in the month of February specifically. In these past few weeks, we have experienced 20 to 60 degree weather, and in a rapid variation. Personally, my hate comes out in the cold spurts of weather, due to my lack of affection for the snow. Some people may love the winter and all that snow, but these are the days that I want to curl up in bed and keep pressing the snooze button or indulge in an extra episode on Netflix.
Now on the warmer days, my love glows, mimicking the radiant sun. Who doesn’t love a hot day? After being trapped inside a house all winter, I’m ready to go outside and get some physical activity in. These are the days I grab a Frisbee, soccer ball, football, etc., anything I can get my hands on to embrace the new summer.
I know we’re months away from actually being within summer’s grasp, but there’s nothing wrong with indulging in a few pre-summer fun days. However, enjoying these hot days comes with a price.
This is also one of the most common sick seasons of the year simply because we are exposed to temperature swings so often. This is why I hate February. No one has time to be sick. It’s the middle of the semester and all our classes are starting to actually gain some depth, as far as learning material and classwork are concerned. I don’t need that stuffy nose or random migraine to start popping up on me just because the weather wants to ruin my day. And I surely don’t need that small sickness ruining a sunny day for me when I finally get one.
Looking at this next week’s forecast, it’s looking like we’re going to have a few nice days at 60 degrees. So to you, my friends, I say take advantage while you have the chance. Enjoy the weather while Ohio is gracious enough to bless us with it. Humor yourself with a day of drinking or a nice outing on the frolf course. Take a walk around campus and remember why you decided to attend this beautiful campus in the first place. Gentleman, go suns out guns out… Ladies, get your tan on. Whatever you do, do it while you can.