Snow!

When on the campus of the University of Illinois, a student must be prepared to deal with the snow. That implies preparing for longer trip commutes, greater class delays, and taking different steps for recreation. Here I will discuss what I do to tackle the snowy season.

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The first issue snow causes for a student at the university is commute disruption, and that takes some experience to resolve. Most snowy days on campus result in difficult parking, slow road speeds, and longer walking periods. My advice is to LEAVE EARLY. All of the issues which come from the aforementioned anomalies can be fixed by giving yourself ample time to reach your destination, and if you cannot leave early one has to know the nature of the environment so you can take advantage of things such as shortcuts or vacant streets. Thus, knowing your surroundings and leaving early can solve snowy travel issues.

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Class delays at the University of Illinois are few and far in between as most instructors have their own schedules set up, most stubbornly I might add, but some have places to go which can be in far away destinations such as Chicago. These professors will cancel a class or office hours or call in a substitute due to bad weather affecting their travel. To help with this inconvenience, I would suggest you gather a group of fellow peers to  better absorb information which may not be presented in a usual manner when it comes to substitutes or not presented at all in cancellations. Therefore, the power in numbers of people will allow you to not miss a beat in knowledge attainment when weather causes your ability to get acquainted with the subject matter to become difficult.

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Lastly, I always tell people to find alternate things to do in bad weather when free time presents itself. Things I do are visit the gym, visit indoor university talks/events, or even catch up on schoolwork. Although it may seem simple, discovering recreation on snowy days takes the impact one may feel if they become housebound and makes it a sensation of change instead when the day seems like no other. This is why one needs to know how to make a boring snowy day into an exciting experience they had during the year.

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And so, when a blusterous day occurs here on campus, one has to be prepared for academic and non-academic issues which may result. In doing so, a day which could be a real backbreaker can turn into an ordinary or possibly extraordinary day.

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