The first winter storm of the season brought about a foot of snow to Ithaca this past week, with many surrounding areas receiving much more. As I joined my neighbors shoveling sidewalks, what typically takes about 20 minutes turned into a 45-minute experience as we all lingered – at a distance – to seize the opportunity to reconnect. The winter weather brought us out of our houses and gave a renewed sense of vitality to the block. It struck me that dreading winter is not the right frame of mind to be in. A commitment to appreciating winter and all that the outdoors has to offer, even when frigid, will be a must this year.
We would like you to return to South Hill in January excited and ready to make connections with others, but be prepared for a focus on the outdoors. Indoor gatherings with those outside of your own household (or residence hall) must be restricted, as this is a major contributor to viral spread. A creative approach to socialization and a new appreciation for the outdoors will be a necessity.