Thursday, 10 July 2014

10 Ways to Stay Cool on Campus

From the looks of Environment Canada's upcoming forecast (and based on the humid heat that seems to slap me in the face when I walk outside), we seem to be experiencing a bit of a heatwave on campus.

Image courtesy of Environment Canada

So, here are just a few things that you can do to try and keep cool:

1    Stay Hydrated

Waterbottle Fill Up Station

Your parents have probably said this before, and now it's my turn... drink some water! There are plenty of water fountains across campus, and some are even designed to fill up your water bottle. So, fill'er up!

2    Lurk in the Shadows

Shady Spots on Campus

This campus can cast a pretty long shadow... especially if we're talking about all of the trees and buildings, so enjoy being outdoors, but try to avoid sitting in the direct sunlight for too long. Eat your lunch in one of the shadier spots and enjoy the small tributes to nature around campus (i.e. the water features, trees, etc.).

3    Cool Eats

AMAZING Ice Cream Sandwhich

I'm not sure why we don't have ice cream trucks on campus, but it doesn't really matter. We have ice cream. And frozen yogurt. And frozen smoothies. And we're super close to places like Menchies. If you have a hankering for a cold snack, you should be able to find one on campus. HUB has places like Bar Teca, Beez, Cookies By George, and maybe more, while SUB has some frozen treat options available in SUBmart

4    Wear a Hat

Derpy Bear Wears a Hat

Again, this is something that a parent is likely to say, but a hat can be handy when it's hot out. Hats are also excellent for making a fashion statement. Giant brims, buckets, neck guards, ribbons, caps - so many options.

5    Bunker Down

Guba and Patches Chill Indoors

You can enjoy the beauty of the outdoors.... from within doors. There are plenty of buildings on campus that are open and that make for great places to sit. So while the perception of summer school can sometimes be that you're missing out on the summer, the reality is that you're enjoying some shade. (And learning... you're also learning.)

6    Throw Some Shade

Building a Fort in QUAD

Strolling with a Parasol

Or, to put it another way, make it. You could sit outside with a parasol. Or an umbrella. Or you could try to build yourself a blanket fort in a sunny spot.

7    Treat Yo'Self

Specials at the Daily Grind

In addition to the ice cream (etc.) on this campus, there are also plenty of cool drink to consider. Tim Hortons, Starbucks, Second Cup, and the Daily Grind all have chilly options (and I'm sure that many of the other beverage providers on campus do as well). If you're looking to splurge on a fancy drink, consider a chilled option to help keep you cool.

8    Become a Morning Person

Morning Person

The coolest part of the day is usually the earliest part! Try to accomplish your more active tasks during the morning and save yourself from over heating when the heat of the day settles in the afternoon.

9    Take It Slow

Community Slow Motion Walk

Do you like to run? Speed walk? Pedal quickly (while riding a bike of course)? There's no need to rush too much. Where ever you're heading on campus, prevent yourself from sweating (and likely dehydrating) by being a little more leisurely. You'll get where you're going.... eventually. (And if you really have a need for speed, head to the gym where there should be some air conditioning.)

10    Observe

Freewill Shakespeare Festival: Taming of the Shrew
Image courtesy of the Freewill Shakespeare Festival

If you like soccer/football, you can escape the heat by settling yourself in front of SUBstage to watch the World Cup final on Sunday. You can also spend your evening enjoying a little Shakespeare by attending a performance of the Taming of the Shrew in the Horowitz Theatre. You could also check out one of the museums on campus. You have options. 

So, enjoy the heat, but try to stay cool!
HEATWAVE! This is my island in the sun...


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