How are students coping with the cold?

A frozen fountain in Waters CourtyardA.J. Edge

A frozen fountain in Waters Courtyard

An arctic cold front created a new record low temperature of 6 degrees on Jan. 7, 2014, in Charlotte. Here is how Queens students coped with the cold weather.

brittney rose

Brittany Rose, senior

Major: Psychology and sociology

Hometown: Conway, N.C.

“I bundle up inside under a blanket and layer clothes. It doesn’t usually get as cold as it did yesterday. I had long johns on under my sweatshirt. It made me want to get coffee. I have that thought of like, ‘oh it’s cold and my bed is warm and I don’t want to get up,’ but I get up anyway. I look at the weather each day ahead of time. With the exception of yesterday, I don’t think it’s colder than normal.”

sarah schwister

Sarah Schwister, senior

Major: Creative writing

Hometown: Lodi, Wis.

“It’s wet cold down here, but it’s dry cold up north. So even if it’s -10 degrees up there, there are days when it feels colder here. Even the past few days when it was cold I knew what to do. I’m in North and it’s super drafty, so I had to take a trash bag from work and duct tape it over the window. Before I did that, it got so drafty that my curtains were almost at a 90 degree angle. I know how to be in hard places like that. I break out my long johns – I hate waddling to work in my fur coat. I have two morning classes. I found myself putting my coat on in the middle of class because I couldn’t take it. I think the cold actually got me sick. We were going to see ‘The Hobbit’ tonight, but my stomach is bad and I couldn’t sleep last night. I couldn’t feel my feet. I don’t feel like Charlotte is built for the cold.”


Ciara McTarsney, sophomore

Major: Creative writing and psychology

Hometown: Stafford, Va.

“Virginia has definitely set me up for the cold. Winter can be harsh, but at home fuzzy socks are pretty popular, so I wear those with everything. I also have a puffy white jacket that makes me look like a cross between an eskimo and marshmallow. I love the cold though, because I can drink hot herbal tea when curled up in my dorm. Plus, the cold means sweater weather! I guess bundling up is the key, but I just think in a few months this will be over and spring will be here. ”


Taylor Wayson, junior

Major: Communications

Hometown: Orlando, Fla.

“I really like cold weather, but can only take it for a few days. As a Floridian, I am used to 50 degree weather in the winter. However, I think the winter brings friends together, which is lovely and beautiful. Bonfires are one of my favorite winter traditions. It is hard to get out of my electric blanket sometimes. The cold makes me want to curl up and watch a movie. Plus, hot chocolate is the best.”

Buck, Savannah. Junior. Psychology major. Queens University of Charlotte. Personal Interview. Jan. 8, 2014.

Savannah Buck, junior

Major: Psychology

Hometown: Cornelius, N.C.

“I was raised in Colorado, so I’m pretty used to the cold. The past few days here have felt colder than when I was back in Colorado over winter break. But my trick is that I wear many layers, so that I can put them on when I go and leave class but I can take them off when I get there. Because of the cold, my room is 10 times colder. The problem is that the heaters in Wireman are either one extreme or the other, so if you put the heater on you can’t breathe, but without the heat it’s freezing. I’m used to the cold, but I’m only a fan of the cold when there’s no wind slapping me in the face.”

Schoenrock, Katie. Sophomore. Communications major. Queens University of Charlotte. Personal Interview. Jan. 7, 2014.

Katie Schoenrock, sophomore

Major: Communications

Hometown: Raleigh, N.C.

“When it comes to the cold, I try to act like it’s not real. I wear light jackets and boots and basically  freeze my butt off. I think the cold is awful. North Carolina should be averagely cold, not like were living in Antarctica. On the plus side, I tend to stay inside more, avoiding the cold. which means I study more, which is a good thing. But I also do tend to eat, sleep and watch way more Netflix since I don’t leave my room as often.”


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