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Back to School: A Frosty First Week for Most

Snow engulfed the Brooklyn College campus during January. PHOTO/ Brooklyn College – Facebook

By M.A. Rahman

Published: February 6th, 2019

Starting off the new Spring semester, new and returning Brooklyn College students have found themselves contending with all manner of weather dynamics; with bitter chills to full on snow, students reflected on the affects these un-pleasantries.

“Its like January suddenly became the new December,” said Tyler M., a junior psychology major, inferring that January now be the most consistently cold and snowy month of the winter season.

Other students noted their surprise upon realizing the lack of cancellation of school even as temperatures as low as 10°F for most of the school day as was the case for Wednesday.

According to reports, Mayor de Blasio opted not to cancel schools citing the lack of accumulation of snow. For some students the weather’s sudden change was most notably felt in their commute, which they would to describe as brutal, abysmal, and involved lots of waiting as transport came late leaving them coming to class tardy.

Even in class, an anonymous student referred to the heating and lack thereof in one early morning class in Boylan Hall as “barely enough” to sustain her from losing her patients and leaving class prematurely. Other students were able to look beyond the weather, keeping their main attention and focus on their studies rather than its environment.

“It wasn’t so bad in class, just really cold,” said Khilola Vahobova, a sophomore and member of the student government.

“I think that the only thing that I was on alert for was the new strict professors that I had been introduced to this past week,” said Patrick Atwood, a junior English major, sharing an overwhelming sentiment by students electing to reserve their judgement until March.

“It was pretty bad on Wednesday and Thursday, but truth be told, I think it could and probably will worse later on,” Atwood added. With the resumption of classes, and renewal of students on campus so too have student activities, clubs and organizations have kicked into high gear looking for recruitment and signatures.

Members of one such on campus organization, The New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG), the largest student directed advocacy group in New York reflected on the challenges of their latest exploits: signing students up to confront state legislatures in Albany over concerns contrary to student interests like tuition hikes.

“It’s been a bit tricky,” stated Patrick Kenani, one of two Project Coordinators in charge of the BC NYPIRG Office, speaking in regards to the weather.

Jonathan Gaffney, another Project Coordinator mentioned the difficulty of being able to engage with students on campus, as noticeably fewer students stayed on campus and were open to a brief exchange via clip boarding and tabling.

“It’s in class presentation we’ve been relying on,” he added.

Still Gaffney like many other students and members of student groups have signaled that they’ll be keeping their chin high for the remaining semester in spite of the potentially greater inclement weather to come.

“I’m just glad to be back to learning, it’s probably gonna be another stressful semester for me, but that’s just every semester,” Tyler remarked chuckling.

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