I know I’ll regret writing this, but I can’t believe how nice the weather has been lately! For those of you who have been at Tech for a while, you know what I’m talking about, and for those preparing to spend their first winter here, you’ll know soon enough! Now, I don’t want to make the snow, ice, and cold of the U.P seem so harrowing. Indeed, I was really nervous about moving here and facing the notorious winters, even though I had lived in Lower Michigan my whole life, and was no stranger to the harsh season. But when I got here, and the first snow fell in mid-October (hence my surprise at this year’s weather!), I began to realize that winter is a way of life here in the U.P. Yes, people complain, yes the weather is a hassle, and sometimes downright brutal, but it is also an endearing part of living here. My first year here, I watched students and locals alike don coats and boots fit for the Arctic, and wade through snow that reached past their knees. Through all these hardships of the Houghton winter, people just shake their heads, a knowing smile teasing at their lips, and say, “That’s the UP for ya!” Now, in my senior year, having braved countless snowstorms, felt the pain of leaving my gloves at home, and making a habit of wearing two pairs of socks, I find myself adopting the same resignation. Even though the winters here can be harsh, they also bring the campus to life, especially when the snow first falls. So, ultimately, I encourage you to embrace the (roughly) six months of snow that lie ahead, and find at least one thing that you enjoy doing during the winter. Visit the OAP (http://www.mtu.edu/student-activities/oap-wellness/rentals/) and rent some snowshoes to take on the Tech Trails, head over to Mont Ripley (http://www.mtu.edu/mont-ripley/) and try your hand at skiing or snowboarding! Or, if you’re like me, and prefer to remain inside where it’s warm, try to find a hobby that will keep you busy on those days when going outside just isn’t gonna happen! There is a lot to do on campus, even when winter is at its peak, so I encourage you to take part in whatever interests you!