Arts & Culture / Mosaic / November 7, 2012

Weathering fall

As most Midwesterners would say, the weather here changes every five minutes.

As it gets further into autumn, students are beginning to notice the changing weather more and more.

Knox attracts students from various places. A lot of these students are from different areas of the country and the world, and many are learning to get used to the weather.

Freshman Archita Madhusudanan is from India. Though the colder, frequently changing weather is new for her, she is growing accustomed to it.

“It’s cold, but it [can be] hot and then it starts raining. But, [in India], it’s hot all year and doesn’t get this cold, so I like this cold weather. I just carry an umbrella with me at all times and wear a sweatshirt,” Madhusadanan said.

Freshman Amanda Chen, who is from Taiwan, is also experiencing different types of weather in the Midwest but is similarly staying optimistic about the changing weather.

“In comparison to Taiwan, it’s really dry and it’s really cold. I’m actually getting used to it so it’s less cold, but I like how it’s not that humid — it’s refreshing. I wouldn’t say it changes every five minutes, though,” Chen said.

Many out of state students cope with this weather in different ways and a lot of students agree that this weather is actually preferable to or the same as what they are used to where they are from.

“I’m used to it. The weather changes every five minutes in New England, too,” freshman Nils Leitz said.

Freshman Carly Taylor, who is from Colorado, stated that weather changes are even more drastic in Colorado and has become even more aware of that by being in Illinois.

“Really, Illinois has nothing on Colorado. Right now it’s snowing [in Colorado] and sunny by noon. Here, when you wake up, you know basically how it’s going to be for the rest of the day because the changes are about 10 degrees. Colorado can change by 30 or 40 degrees,” Taylor said.

However, students who do not hail from the Midwest are similarly affected by the weather, and a lot of Knox students have learned to embrace the changing and cold weather.

“I think Midwest weather is bipolar,” freshman Laura Lueninghoener said.

Lueninghoener is from Nebraska and finds Illinois to be slightly warmer and more pleasant than what she is used to.

“I just suck it up. I love when it goes from really cold to like 70 in the afternoon,” she said.

Whether or not students like the weather, it seems to affect everyone’s health.

“I have asthma, so sometimes the weather changes really fast or it gets really dry and that change in temperature and air pressure affects me. It also gets very dry, and that affects my skin,” freshman Kayleigh O’Brien said.

“Because it’s cold and windy and bad, it makes me sick,” freshman Julie Wertheimer said. “Maybe everyone hasn’t been affected by it a lot yet, but it’s coming.”

Most students agreed that this time of year is a great time for fashion and have stayed optimistic.

“I love layering. I get to buy sweaters. And I love boots and hats and scarves, so this weather lends itself to my fashion sense really well,” Taylor said.

“I like to wear as [many] clothes as possible,” O’Brien said. “Like jeans, leggings, three shirts. It’s a nice way to wear scarves and hats and leg warmers. The colder the weather is the more acceptable it is to look positively ridiculous.”

Kate Mishkin
Kate Mishkin is a senior majoring in English literature and minoring in journalism. She started working for TKS as a freshman and subsequently served as managing editor, co-news editor and co-mosaic editor. Kate is the recipient of four awards from the Illinois College Press Association for news and feature stories and one award from the Associated Collegiate Press. She won the Theodore Hazen Kimble Prize in 2015 and 2014 and the Ida M. Tarbell Prize in Investigate Journalism in 2014. She has interned at FILTER Magazine, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and WGIL radio and the Virginian-Pilot.

Twitter: @KateMishkin

Tags:  Amanda Chen Archita Madhusudanan autumn Carly Taylor cold fall Julie Wertheimer kayleigh o'brien Laura Lueninghoener layering weather

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