By: Maddy Nemec
Whether you love it or hate it, winter is approaching quickly. Those of us who have lived in Wisconsin or the Midwest know that winter can be brutal. Throughout my time as a student here in Whitewater, I have learned that campus-life looks different in the winter compared to the warmer seasons. The days are shorter, it’s too cold for outdoor activities, and nobody is hanging around outside. Although it’s an adjustment, there are many ways to make winter enjoyable. Here are some tips that have helped me make the most out of winter in Whitewater:
Cozy Up Your Space
Make your dorm, apartment, or house a warm retreat from the cold by adding lights, soft blankets, and decor. Don’t worry, you don’t have to break the bank to make your space cozy. Stop at stores in Whitewater like Dollar General, Walmart, or Walgreens for cute, affordable decorations!
Bundle Up in Style
Walking across campus in the winter can be brutal. I’ve had my fair share of freezing walks to class because I didn’t dress appropriately. Wearing multiple layers, thicker clothes, and a coat is the best way to combat the cold. A bonus of layering your clothes is the opportunity to try new fashion styles!
Cut Through Campus Buildings
Whenever I had a far walk across campus, cutting through buildings helped me get a short break from the cold. The University Center is convenient to walk through on the way to class since it’s in the center of campus. If you have time, you can even warm up with food or a hot drink from one of the dining locations in the UC! Hyland Hall is also a convenient building to walk through if it’s on your way. If you’re feeling a hot drink, stop at Deloitte Cafe!
Earlier sunsets are the perfect excuse to stay in and watch a movie! Plan a movie night with your friends or attend a UC Live movie at Summers Auditorium in the University Center.
Fitness and Wellness
If you’re anything like me, you like to stay in and relax during winter. Although it’s good to rest, staying active is good for your health and can help improve your mood on dreary winter days. Student Fitness Memberships for the William’s Center are included in tuition costs, just fill out a membership claim at https://www.uww.edu/rec-sports. Don’t want to leave your place? Follow an online workout video or do a fun activity that requires movement.
Game nights are another fun indoor activity that can help you bond with your roommate or friends. There is a lot of variety when it comes to games. You can play video games, board games, card games, and more!
One way to prioritize your mental health during winter is to engage in acts of self care. This can be as simple as starting a hobby, watching your favorite show, or creating a relaxing bedtime routine.
The slow winter months allow for time to plan and reflect. Take this opportunity to organize your space, journal, or add to your calendar so you feel prepared to tackle the busyness of spring.
I’ve been giving many tips on escaping the outdoors, but you can also make winter more enjoyable by embracing it! There are a lot of trails near Whitewater, like the Ice Age Trail, Nordic Trail, and Lake LaGrange loop Trail. Take a stroll and enjoy the fresh air or admire the snow-covered trees!
Explore Local Eateries and Cafes
Warm up with a meal from a local Whitewater restaurant like Jessica’s, Fat Jacks Sports Bar & Grill, or Fanatico. If you’re looking for a cozy spot to study or catch up with friends, check out The SweetSpot Cafe, BaristaCats Cafe, or Tealux Cafe.
Even if winter is your least favorite season, I hope these tips help you make the most of it and create some cozy memories here at UW-Whitewater. Remember, warmer days are waiting ahead!