After an all too short winter break, the reality of winter and its seemingly endless frigid months finally begins to set in at Taft. Leaves have been raked away, the outside benches have taken a new residence in the basement hallways, and Barbours have been traded for Canada Gooses. Meanwhile, Tafties begin to retreat into their rooms and hibernate under as many blankets as one can find. Particularly as a result of the 65-degree Christmas the majority of us encountered, these last few 7-degree mornings have been an especially tough transition back into the Taft grind. Nothing can equivocate to the dreaded feeling of leaving pre-calc and anticipating the ferociously cold trek back to main building. As hoards of students power walk up to the athletic center each afternoon, the topic of Taftís alleged underground tunnels that carry up to the gym is frequented. Students and faculty alike reminisce and long for the famed Taft spring; with wistful smiles they recall outside scene, daily trips to the ice cream truck, and games of kam jam.
As easy as it is to get sucked into the negative spiral of Taft winter, it is important to note the perks of the long and frigid journey we are about to embark upon. After receiving our semester reports, it is safe to say that most Tafties have received a wake up call as to how they should be treating their workload. For upperclassmen especially, appreciate the lack of Frisbee-related distractions occurring outside your window, and crack open the books. And after an interminable afternoon of studying, nothing is quite as rewarding as a 4:45 dinner. Those extra fifteen minutes really do make all the difference. Likewise, appreciate the lack of sit-down dinners each week-in not too long, Tuesdays and Thursdays will once again harbor these dreaded meals. Finally, explore everything else winter at Taft has to offer. Brave the walk up to the athletic center to watch a hockey game or a squash match, attempt to skate on the pond, or borrow a sled and head up to the turf. Despite the lack of enthusiasm often associated with winter at Taft, embrace the excess time we now have and take these next few months to find ways to appreciate the heavy coats and early sunsets.