With the recent blizzard Juno making its way through New England, students once again are faced with the challenge of figuring out how they will spend their snow days.

Whether it is catching up on well-needed sleep, finishing homework assignments last minute or enjoying the snowfall outside, students rarely have trouble finding activities to keep themselves busy around campus.

Being from Massachusetts myself, I normally face the wintery climate head-on without a second thought about the freezing temperatures. However, the upcoming expeditions to class through the remnants of Juno made me cherish the warmth of staying in alone or with friends and watching a movie on Netflix.

While I enjoy suiting up to face the harsh climate just as much as the next New Englander, spending time with my friends in a heated dorm room took precedence during the last snowfall. Who says that you cannot enjoy a blizzard by looking out your window in between Netflix episodes?

Also, let us not forget the moment of appreciation that comes on Friday nights when we run from our dorm rooms to Gonzaga Auditorium at break-neck speed to, once again, snuggle in and enjoy a free movie with friends. Although I have left the comforts of my fireplace back at home, there is nothing quite like making hot chocolate with the micro-fridge that’s shoved into the corner of our dorms.

There is nothing better than enjoying a snow day with your friends inside. I believe everyone’s favorite snowman, Olaf, summed it up best: “Winter is a good time to stay in and cuddle.”

However, if you are not “quite ready to melt yet,” there is an abundance of activities to enjoy outside. From sledding to snowball fights, snow days are a great time to take advantage of nature, especially on our scenic campus.

I know that one of my favorite things to do with friends is to build an igloo into the side of a snow bank or to master the art of snowman making. In the end, however, every attempted masterpiece usually crumbles into yet another pile of snow that you can later take cover behind during an intense snowball fight. Your pile of snow, which soon becomes crowned a fort, just may be the difference between life and death (or a cold ball of snow hitting you in the face.) So, if you do not feel like throwing in the hat and gloves quite yet, grab some friends and enjoy the outdoors this winter.

Whether you take advantage of the blizzard outdoors or choose to wait out the storm inside, I have found the most important component to be who you spend your snow day with. A snowball fight would not be the same without crazy friends to battle against, and a Netflix marathon would not be as impressive if you did not binge watch with your best friend. At the end of the day, I consider a good snow day to be spent with those friends that “are worth melting for.”

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