Adapting To Life In Western New York

Moving to Western New York can be a huge culture shock for many incoming college students—it certainly was for me. I had to move from a metropolitan area to an area surrounded by fields of deserted land, covered by snow more often than not. The transition was rough but, as I approach the end of my third year in Alfred, NY, I feel confident in the way I adapted to the small-town life and hazardous climate that studying at Alfred University brings. I would like to share my little tips that I have cultivated over my time spent in Alfred.

Uniqlo HEATTECH Thermals are your best friend! Unlike many base-layers, Uniqlo HEATTECH Thermals are light and not bulky at all. You can barely feel them under your clothes, and the HEATTECH is no joke. These thermals have kept me warmer than any amount of bulky layers ever could. You can get a Uniqlo HEATTECH Thermal for $19.90, which can be a steep price for a college student. That $19.90, however, will keep you warmer than any expensive jacket ever could. Here is a link to the one I have: (

Get yourself some ice cleats! My first semester at Alfred, a professor recommended that we get ice cleats. I thought to myself, “I wouldn’t be caught dead in a pair of Yaktrax.” When I moved off-campus, I was struck with the horrible realization that the off-campus sidewalks are barely maintained, never-mind salted. I laughingly slid my way to class the first few weeks, and eventually bought myself a fair of ice cleats off of Amazon for $15.94. If people can wear Crocs to class with confidence, you can definitely truck around campus in ice cleats with confidence! Here is a link to the pair I have: (

ALDI is your best friend when you’re a college student on a tight budget. A grocery trip that costs you a small fortune at Wegmans can be cut in half by a short trip to ALDI. They even have fresh produce. Bring a quarter for the shopping cart to reduce in-store anxiety!

Seasonal Affective Disorder is something that can affect many people moving to an area with as little sunlight as Western New York. If you find yourself going through depressive episodes during the cold, dark winter months, consider light therapy. Light therapy changed my life in a way that a therapist just couldn’t. The key to light therapy is consistency. I got one on Amazon for $29.99 and do 10 minutes of light therapy as soon as I wake up every day. If you can’t afford your own SAD lamp, head up to the Wellness Center, where you can get free light therapy. Here is a link to the one I have:

There you go, my little bits of advice from me to you. These won’t make the piles of brown snow disappear, nor will they make Ade food taste any better, but they definitely help.

By Talulla Torthe


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