A Student Guide to Walking on Ice

By Viola Brown

As this polar vortex continues to be long and snowy, temperatures continue to drop, students are going to have to learn how to walk on ice. This may not sound like a useful skill at first, but with the Health Center reporting that almost every day students come in due to falling, it has become necessary.

Here are a few tips that I picked up after falling that will prevent others from having embarrassing slips:

Tip Step 1: Remember comfort and safety over style. Winter isn’t the time to be wearing stilettos and flips flops; wear shoes that have a rubber grip to help you stay up. If you have snowshoes or snow boots, you should wear them. If you know how to triple axel on ice skates, you should wear them.
Step 2: Slow down; being in a rush will only cause you to fall more. Even if it means leaving your dorms and houses earlier, don’t run; it will cause scrapes and bruises. The winter is the perfect time of year to use the weather as an excuse for being late.

Step 3: Watch where you are going. Ice can usually be avoided by just opening your eyes and not walking into it.

Step 4: Try to walk on the balls of your foot; this will allow you to balance better. Also, bend your knees, which may cause you to walk slower but it will put less pressure on your legs.

Step 5: If you don’t have to be outside, stay in. Most people are homebodies during the winter; it’s the perfect time to not feel like a complete dweeb just because you don’t lead an “exciting” life. Read some books, do your homework, watch Netflix, hang out in the dorm lounges, and make new friends. There are so many fun things you can do indoors during the winter which don’t involve falling on ice.

 

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