I’ve had more than one friend tell me that their first snowfall was experienced at Lycoming College. While I’m sure that’s a magic-filled moment, I’m from Pennsylvania, so snow at Lyco reminds me of winters spent at home, building snowmen, sledding, and drinking hot chocolate from the safety of my kitchen.
I’m glad I go to a school where there’s always a chance of snow in the wintertime. If I were elsewhere, I’d miss the glint of the sun shining off icicles and the crunch of snow under my feet. I’d miss snow sticking to windowpanes, and snowflakes that are big enough to see their intricate designs. And I’d really miss having an excuse for hot drinks, fuzzy blankets, and movie marathons. For me, a snowy Lycoming feels like home; if your home isn’t a snowy one, I highly recommend coming to see it for yourself.
I think that snow has a way of bringing people together, and Lyco snow proves this hypothesis. Snow brings a sense of community to campus. Although this community sometimes takes the shape of complaints about the temperature and prayers that class will be canceled, it can also be full of fun. (Also, class sometimes does get cancelled, or at least delayed… And really, that just means more time for that fun I mentioned.)
This semester, a few inches of snow brought dozens of people out to the quad, where they built snowmen with accessories made of whatever they could find, including bottle caps for eyes and dining hall cookies for buttons. The snow had people sledding, and snowball fighting to the extreme; snow angels were made and hot chocolate was had when the feuding died down.
The college also decorates for winter, which is wonderful. Bows and wreaths are hung on the lampposts, and the dining hall hangs up lights. The grounds crew and maintenance team are excellent at clearing sidewalks and salting roads, and the faculty is understanding of commuters when they can’t make it to class due to the weather. To me, the good spirits of the faculty help transform Lycoming into a winter wonderland.
The sense of community on campus, heightened by snowfall, is way cool to see. Whether I’m participating in it or not, it makes me smile to walk past people playing in the snow. I’m glad to be a part of Lycoming College’s community.
(PS: The campus squirrels are even cuter in the snow.)
Whether you like the snow or not, Lycoming College is worth a visit. Click below to choose a time to come - you can take a tour, meet with a professor, and even stay overnight in a residence hall!