As the warm weather approaches, one of the worst experience I had freshman year was trying to survive in the dorms when the temperature outside was well above eighty. Although the dorms are nice, truth be told, the weather can make it quite uncomfortable. Here are some tips on how to deal with the spring heat, both in the dorms and around campus.
In order to cool off in the dorms, the best thing to have are multiple fans within your room, preferably a desk fan and also a box fan you can prop up against the window. That way, you can blow air in or out of your room depending on the atmosphere. On top of this, having a desk fan is essential to keep air circulation going and to also cool you down. If you have a fridge, you should definitely stock up on some water or beverages that will quench your thirst on the really hot summery days.
There are places on campus where the air conditioning is a lifesaver. Some of these places include the recreation center, the Integrated Sciences Building, and more that are easily accessible. When I was worried about being miserable walking around campus underneath the sun or sitting in my dorm getting baked, I gathered my things and headed to a nice and cool place where I could study and get all of my work done. Even going to the dining hall is a great idea on days like this because they are comfortable and have food and drinks that can ease the pain.
Go for a Swim
One of the best things about UMass Amherst is the surreal amount of facilities that are free to use for all students. These include open-to-use pools which are located in Boyden and Totman gym. The pools are primarily used for sports and training purposes, which is understandable, but if you check out the website there are time slots in which patrons can go for open swimming sessions. What better way to beat the heat than to go for a quick swim?
In the end, New England weather is infamous for its cold winters and hot summers and UMass is part of New England, so obviously you will experience this very polarizing weather. It can be a bit of a bother sometimes, but as long as you know how to handle and deal with it, Amherst is the perfect place to attend college!