Opinion: Breaking Under the Pressure of Snowmaggedon

“How’s school going this semester?” asked my aunt this past week. My answer? “It’s not.” The last three weeks have been a frenzy. With an unheard of amount of snow days, numerous cancelled classes and a delay thrown in, it is hard not to question the existence of the second semester thus far.

Basically in hibernation, I have found myself questioning my sanity multiple times. I rejoiced when the temperature finally reached the low 20’s, and I’m fairly certain I saw a student sport shorts that day. This everlasting winter is making BC delusional.

The 2015 Snowmageddon has provided numerous perks for BC students. Rescheduled midterms, three-day weekends and an influx of Gassongrams with the default caption of “I live in a snow globe” are all factors to rejoice about.

Selly Sallah / Gavel Media

Selly Sallah / Gavel Media

Along with the never-ending snow comes never-ending complaining. And, with the 4.3X Uber surge pricing, loss of heat in certain dorms, and the fact that I’ve forgotten what grass looks like, why wouldn’t we complain?

I’ve come to realize, however, that most of BC students’ burdens are trivial compared to those of Boston residents. Though the Plex losing heat for half a day was likened to the apocalypse, there are far more hellish circumstances that Bostonians have been enduring due to Snowpocalypse 2K15.

The four blizzards that Boston has been subject to have wreaked havoc across the city in more ways than one. Highways and roads are at a standstill, the T has proved to be entirely useless, students are negatively impacted by closed schools and people are left trapped in their homes. And I thought I had it rough when I lost heat for six hours in CLFX.

As much as satirical and impressive photos of Boston’s winter suggest otherwise, Boston is not having fun. The T catastrophe and its inevitable backlash caused the head of the agency to resign. People paid by the hour are at risk of losing their houses. Parking is impossible and one lane roads make Boston near impassible.

Selly Sallah / Gavel Media

Selly Sallah / Gavel Media

While we are trapped in winter wonderland, parents are trapped in their homes, forced to watch their kids on snow days. While we pay $20 for delivery because Mac is far too long of a walk in snow, the City of Boston spends $35 million on snow removal. And, while we worry about how long our midterms will be postponed for, Boston residents worry about the flooding that will occur when the snow eventually melts.

As much as BC students’, especially Californians, woes are justified, a little perspective is needed when it comes to the paralyzing blizzards that mother nature has blessed us with.

We’ve experienced our fair share of repercussions, but we’ve also basked in the glow of Juno and the like. It’s a hard knock life beyond Chestnut Hill, and it’s time we recognize the greater impact of Boston’s winter.

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