Students at Syracuse University spent the first week of class battling sweltering temperatures that sometimes exceeded 90 degrees. It can be frustrating, but we should be grateful while the weather is still warm. I hope that when autumn comes, the heat will return. We encourage you to take advantage of the opportunities that warm weather offers before the campus returns to normal frigid conditions.
The Syracuse area and Central NY offer a variety of adventures perfect for spending time outdoors. Both Green Lakes State Park and Onondaga Lake Park offer ways to visit less industrialized parts of the city, with space to hike, bike, and escape the hustle and bustle of campus. Both of these spots are within 20 minutes of SU, making them perfect for day trips.
Other locations, such as Armory Square and the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, are less scenic and have more indoor areas, but are best enjoyed in the summer. Most SU students are familiar with Armory Square, as it is located in the heart of downtown. However, there is much more to this area than the restaurants that usually live up to the hype. Unique local his businesses such as The Sound Garden record store and his Wildflowers boutique are just a few of the many places with a great selection of items to check out as you stroll through Syracuse.
Even if you can’t leave campus or it’s less than ideal, SU itself has plenty of green space you can take advantage of. Thornden Park is right behind his Dellplain Hall, Walnut has multiple lawns, and the central campus has some outdoor seating as well. While they may not seem as exciting as the aforementioned off-campus locations, these are great places to spend time outdoors.
The warm weather is also good for physical and mental health. For one thing, with the arrival of winter comes less work to do for exercise. Getting outside builds up your vitamin D and keeps you active outside the gym. That said, it’s definitely important to take advantage of the warmer climate from a mental health perspective. Seasonal affective disorder is a bona fide condition unique to college students. Winter is inevitable in Syracuse, but developing good habits before winter arrives can help minimize the mental damage SAD can do. To combat the winter blues, establish a routine that sets you up for success. Doing something now, like going to class, making time for friends or work, will make things easier later.
Remember, the time you can enjoy this limited warm weather is incredibly short. Even if all we wanted was a cooler temperature in this week’s heat, we always want the unobtainable.
Jonah Weintraub is a sophomore Broadcast and Digital Journalism major. His column is published every other week.he can be reached at [email protected].
Published September 6, 2022 at 12:30 AM