Sore, Frozen and Happy

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For most students, the first week back is a harsh realization that they are going to have a lot of work to do in the upcoming semester. After having a few weeks off, studying and note taking becomes everyones main hobbies. The idea that the first week is simply syllabus week could not be farther from the truth. Yes, we go over the syllabus in every class, but on that syllabus lies a timeline of all the assignments, tests, readings and essays that have to be done. Can you say stressful?

All the boredom I had during break in no way geared me up for the long days this semester. And I should have known lounging on the couch watching two seasons of Scandal on Netflix would not help me in the dance studio. My muscles are aching. Everything is sore. But I can’t complain I’d much rather rehearse for dance, hours on end, than take another math class. Yesterday I danced for about 8 hours. Ouch.

The soreness I feel is nothing compared to this crazy cold weather. Living in this tundra that we call Iowa City sure does make for some great fashion statements. Walking around campus yesterday I had 3 shirts on, 1 sweatshirt, 1 pair of shorts, 2 pairs of pants, 2 pairs of socks, winter boots, scarf, hat, huge puffy coat, mittens, and my hood on. People were very creative in how they were able to stay warm. Scarves wrapped around their faces. Sunglasses instead of ski googles. Staying warm was such a priority that the ability to see where I was waking was forgotten. I was looking down as I walked from class to class, and so was everyone else apparently. I ran into multiple other cold Hawkeyes rushing to class. Also, you would think that cars driving would stop at crosswalks to let frozen students get to the other side, but sadly that rarely happened. A big pickup truck would have taken me out if I didn’t stop halfway through the street. Come on cars, you are sitting in a warm vehicle!!

Anyway, like every other semester… It is good to be back in Iowa City. If you are not as lucky as me to be in this great city, check out this link of a few awesome things everyone needs to know about Iowa City. How lucky am I that I get to spend 4 years here 🙂