Midwinter pick-me-ups

The photo on the March calendar has happy spring flowers, but for now, winter blusters on. What is the magical cure for the winter blahs when it seems like the sun will never shine again? No one we asked suggested going where the sun never stops shining — Antarctica. Fortunately, most of the cures were simpler, cheaper and local. Check them out and feel better soon.

Annie Farmer, College ’01 & Andy Grossman, College ’01
“Go and buy a new orange or red shirt and a new CD and go home and listen to it while wearing the shirt — like we just did and are planning to do.”

Anand Mehta, Wharton ’02
“I go to Xando, because it is warm there, and have a nice hot mocha. They should serve free ones of those on campus.”

Brooke Anthony, College ’01
“Get some sunlight — real or artificial. Only you have to know.”

Roy Aneed, Wharton ’01
“The steam room at Gimbel — it really relaxes you.”

Jennifer Fried, Law ’02
“Sue’s Produce on Chestnut and 20th — they have very good produce. It reminds me of summer to eat fresh fruit.”

Ulrike Graalfs, College ’03
“Make yourself some tea and enjoy the beautiful sights of winter. Change the way you look at it.”

Ilana Derman, College ’01
“You could go get a spa treatment. I think it would be relaxing and reinvigorating to renew my soul. Then again, a good dessert always helps.”

Alex Scebold, Fine Arts Master’s
“Taking trips to break up the monotony of the month.”

Nicole Larossa, Fine Arts Master’s
“Yoga. Warm fires. Hot chocolate.”

Zarina Parpia, College ’03
“I really don’t mind them — I live in Seattle. The only thing that bothers me is the wind chill factor. A North Face jacket or staying inside is the cure for that.”

Neil King, Wharton MBA ’01
“I’m going to Mardi Gras this weekend — that should cure my winter blahs.”

Alex Fisher, College ’01
“Get up and do something new. Go to Manayunk for the day, to a new restaurant or new place.”

Aduke Thelwell, visiting student from Swarthmore, ’03
“Going to the gym and working out. The thing that annoys me is being cooped up and jittery. Exercise releases those endorphins.”

Ziggy Kulessa, Engineering and Applied Science Master’s
“There is no cure for the winter blahs. The only cure is spring.”

Bella Wong, Wharton ’03
“Going home — to Florida.”

— Katie Claypoole



Originally published on March 1, 2001