Out-of-state students react to first snow storm of season

Lauryn Bolz

The early winter storm on Oct. 10 shocked native Coloradans and fast forwarded the fall season. Even more appalled by the early chilly weather were the new out-of-state students, particularly the ones native to the south.

The snow garnered some mixed reactions. Junior history major Chrissy Reese transferred schools from her native state of California this year, and was very excited to be experiencing her first snow storm at Colorado State University. Coming from Southern California, the sudden oncoming of winter weather was different from anything she had ever experienced, but she was prepared to savor every bit of chilly-ness.

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“The first time seeing snow fall from the sky was so cool!” Reese said. “It’s been hard to adjust to the cold, but seeing seasons change and seeing snow fall from the sky was something I’ve never seen before. It’s so crispy out here!”

Reese is not the only student ready to go out and play in the snow. Jessica Escobar, a junior zoology major from Tijuana, Mexico, spent her first snow storm in Colorado bragging to her friends back home.

A huddled student walks to class during the Wednesday snow storm. (Lauryn Bolz | Collegian)

“I opened all the windows and saw the snow falling, and I took a million pictures and sent them to all of my friends and family,” she said. “It was majestic.”

Some students, however, are not embracing the chilly weather like Reese and Escobar. During the Wednesday morning snowstorm, junior sociology major Dylan Powers was found curled up in Clark A, unsure how to face the weather. Powers, who grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana, had not seen snow before the storm.

“This is awful,” Powers said, “I don’t like it at all.”

The big question for all the out-of-state students facing the snow for the first time is simple; How are they going to make it through the wintery season? Escobar admits the need for an ice scraper. Powers, who was still warming his hands from his trip to his last class, was at an odds for how to prepare for the next four months of winter.

“I’m just going to suck it up honestly,” Powers said. “I don’t know what else to do.”

Lauryn Bolz can be reached at entertainment@collegian.com and on Twitter @laurynbolz.