As international students, we know our members come from all over the world. With this, we know some students may be having a harder time dealing with the cold winter months in parts of the U.S. than others. Luckily, ISO has a variety of suggestions to help get through winter for those people who are dreaming of next summer.
1. Get yourself some layers
Though you may want to stay inside all day during the cold days of winter, you inevitably need to leave your dorm/apartment to get to class, get food, etc. With this, getting some warm clothes in your wardrobe is a necessity. Go out and get yourself some winter boots, scarves, gloves, hats, and coats to battle the elements as you get through the semester. If you’re looking for ways to save on these items, check out the clothing section of our student deals page!
2. Keep your health a priority
Though cold weather may not be directly linked to getting sick, the cold weather does leave you more susceptible to catching an illness. Though class may make it hard, make sure that you’re continuing to get an adequate amount of sleep and are staying hydrated. Also, since you may be stuck inside some days and won’t be seeing the sun as much, it’s important to keep getting vitamin D. Lack of vitamin D can cause fatigue, depression and a greater possibility of getting sick. You can continue to get vitamin D through methods such as eating more fatty foods, like fish or eggs, or taking a supplement.
3. Prepare for the elements.
If you aren’t used to winter weather, you may not be able to fully grasp just how dangerous it can be. During any severe weather events, you should stay inside unless it’s absolutely necessary. You should stock up your living space with extra necessities, such as water, non-perishable foods and batteries, just in case you wind up getting snowed in or electricity goes out. If you do need to leave, always make sure you’re wearing warm clothing. You should stay off the roads at all costs but if you do need to drive, make sure you have things such as flashlights, jumper cables and a shovel in your car in case of emergency.
4. Find ways to enjoy it
Though winter can be fairly bleak at times, there are definitely still ways to have fun over these months. Embrace the fact that you’re going to be spending more times indoors! When you have time, curl up on the couch with a hot drink and eat a good meal. Watching from your window as the snow falls can be a very relaxing thing to do. You may not like being trapped inside, but there’s always different ways to make the most of your situation! Find something that makes you happy and do more of it this winter season – it’s the perfect time to binge a new show, get lost in a new book, or bring out an old board game and have a fun competitive game with your roommates, friends, or family.