Because of Rochester’s reputation for excessive snow, UR students have a fear of Mother Nature instilled in them. Gearing up in layers of hats, scarves, mittens, and boots gets old really fast, so making the best of the snow and cold is the only way to survive the long winter months. Even though most of the snow tends to melt in a few days because of the bipolar weather, here are some ideas of how to take advantage of the snow while it lasts.
Some people have already taken advantage of the vast, untouched sheet of snow which blankets the football field by turning it into their personal Etch-A-Sketch. Simply make lines with your boots or get creative and make a portrait using spray bottles of colored water. You could confess your unwavering love for someone or simply draw a penis. The latter has already been done, in case you’re aiming for originality.
Even more fun than that, get a few friends together and have a snow melting contest. Grab a handful of snow with your bare hands and see who can melt the snow the fastest without getting frostbite. The first person to wimp out and drop their snow has to eat at Douglass.
After that, try walking from one place to another by only stepping in other people’s footsteps. Pretend the snow is hot lava and the “hot lava monster” will eat you if you step on the lava. (That’s funny because lava is hot, and Rochester is not.)
Eager to have a scavenger hunt in the sea of white? Freeze a few colored ice cubes and hide them in the snow around campus. The person who finds the most of these gems gets to be king or queen for the day.
As everyone is taking the tunnels, use the Quad to play tic-tac-toe or hopscotch in the snow. This way no one will see you acting like a six year-old.
Many people have created snowmen, but have you ever created a snow sculpture? Re create Humpty Dumpty on his wall or your favorite cartoon character. A simple Google search will reveal many people like you with way too much time on their hands.
To round out a fun day of playing in the snow, make a snow cone! Take a cup of some non-lemon flavored snow and add your favorite drink over it for a delicious way to end the day.
When the snow begins to fall, don’t be a square and make snow angels when you can be a unique snowflake and have some unconventional fun!
Kath is a member of the class of 2016.