To most students, snow days are a blessing from above. Finally, one day of mercy during a long, harsh, and cold season. With just under 9 hours of daytime and a serious lack of sunshine, winter can seem pretty bleak. Unless you’re a skier or a snowboarder who waits all year long for some powder, winters can be pretty awful. Besides snow sports, winter brings other great activities such as de-frosting your car for 2 hours and experiencing pure dread when you start slipping on ice whilst holding a hot coffee. For many, staying cozy in bed and binge watching Netflix may be the best activity of all.
Even in the most dreadful of winters, there may come the day that most everyone awaits: a snow day. Snow days are a rare occurrence, as they tend to happen only once a term. Therefore, students often take advantage of having the day off to ignore responsibilities in favor of frolicking in the snow. One day to enjoy our sliver of daylight and ignore the freezing cold while we hangout with friends, build snowmen (or snowwomen) and drink copious amounts of hot cocoa. A day where the options are endless and time is no longer a constraint.
This year, however, campus was deserted. The Treasure Valley experienced a record-setting storm, as noted by the Idaho Press-Tribune: 14 inches were recorded at the Boise Airport. For College of Idaho students, it was very clear: going outside seemed like absolute madness, even for typical snow day activities. Despite maintenance working hard to clear snow-covered sidewalks, many felt that it would be difficult to get anywhere without the use of some heavy-duty snowshoes. Lindokuhle Tsabedze, a freshman from Swaziland, said she had never experienced anything like this before. She was amazed by the beauty of the white covered campus, but only from the window of her room. Many of the other ISO students expressed similar feelings about enjoying the view while sipping on hot beverages covered in blankets rather than trekking out into the unforgiving weather.
International students weren’t the only ones who wanted to hide away from the cold. Samantha Guerrero, a local student who grew up in Caldwell, said that although she is used to Idaho winters, she “still couldn’t imagine doing anything outside”. Although 2017’s first snow day did not allow for a variety of activities, it still allowed students to take a relaxing day of looking out their windows—and being thankful for heaters.
By Loic Feghali, C of I student intern