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Letter from the editor: Surviving the transition from sunshine to wintertime

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Making the transition from gorgeous, sunny weather to the bitter Chicago winds can be difficult. That is why we’ve dedicated space in this issue to cover the changes this chilly season brings. “What Tina Says” writer Tina Cisarik covers how to deal with the usual bouts of the flu and colds during the winter season. Another staff writer, Kelly Butler, discusses SAD, or Seasonal Affective Disorder, which coincides with the switch from warm to colder months. This issue of our paper is focusing on student health and awareness, in order to encourage students to stay healthy during the oftentimes overwhelming last few weeks of the fall semester.

The change can be a bit depressing for anyone, with the days getting shorter and warm breezes disappearing, but I always like to look on the bright side of things. With a new season, comes a whole new set of holidays and activities that make it all a lot more bearable.

With colder weather comes an excuse to buy warmer clothing. Fall is known as the best season to shop for trendy boots, unique cover-ups and great jeans. The fall allows for more creativity with layering sweaters and sporting new accessories, such as gloves, hats and scarves. The biting winds are a great excuse for spending extra cash on new wardrobe essentials.

Another positive is the wave of seasonal treats. Pumpkin spice lattes, delicious apple pies, cinnamon sweets and more help bring in the season. All of the spiced, warm goods are coming back to comfort our frozen selves. And there’s nothing like sipping a steaming cup of hot chocolate, under a cozy blanket, while toasting up next to a big fireplace.

Once the snow comes around and driving and walking get difficult, I say it’s time for a new type of footwear: snowboarding and ski boots. My favorite part of the holiday season has to be the winter sports that come with it. Summer’s swimming, biking and canoeing can’t compare to the thrill of riding down a mountain amidst inches of freshly fallen powder.

Last but not least, there’s a whole month of winter break and holiday parties to look forward to. So don’t let the gloomy days get to you – keep in mind that there are many fun things still to come. Enjoy fall’s beautiful colors and sunny days while you can and prepare yourself for a winter full of fun.

Best wishes,

Kate Kulpa, Editor-in-chief

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