Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the individuals polled and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of NYU Law students as a collective whole.
For a moment, we recall Camus, who mused: “Au milieu de l’hiver, j’apprenais enfin qu’il y avait en moi un été invincible.” The quote, often mistranslated and shortened from the original text, Retour à Tipasa (Été), translates roughly into English as follows: “In the midst of winter, I finally learned that there was within me an invincible summer.”
To Camus, I say: It’s February, and I’m still waiting for my invincible summer.
Over the weekend, temperatures dropped around Washington Square Park. The wind was howling at the early morning sunrise, and the air hung about the earth with perceptible stiffness. Hiding in their nestled nooks, the mice that plague the park curled steadfastly in their sodden homes. Not a single bird ventured out into the curling, gelid gusts. The subway rats scuttled into the depths of the underground.
And the NYU Law students? Perhaps mystified by the Stygian crypt currently existing outside of my window, I ventured to find out. Below, you’ll find affirmative proof that NYU Law students are more like scuttling, winter-fearing subway rats than they truly let on.
On a frigid Monday eve, I asked a handful of students the following questions, and have noted some of the responses below (many, if not all, were found in the library and likely suffering from an acute case of the Sunday Scaries):
- What is your favorite season?
Q: So, winter?
A: No, just Christmas.
A: Summer, I think.
Q: Any particular reason why?
A: I like the humidity. It keeps life exciting.
A: Fall, definitely fall. All of the best foods are only available in fall.
Q: Such as—
A: Pumpkin pie, apple cider, whipped cream, things like that. I mean, they’re technically available, but I wouldn’t speak to anyone who eats pumpkin pie in the summer.
A: Winter, because I like curling up by a fireplace with my dogs and family.
Q: Do you have access to a fireplace?
A: Well, no, but it’s the idea of the fireplace that matters. It’s an ethos.
A: I would have to say summer. No, wait, strike that. Fall.
Q: Fall over summer.
A: Fall over summer. No, wait—summer over fall.
A: Temperature, leaves changing colors, bittersweet sensation of change, slowly darkening days, stepping on crunchy leaves, anticipation of winter, anticipation of Christmas…. I don’t know, I savor fall more than any other month.
Q: Anything else?
- How do you feel about this winter?
A: Not bad, it’s really not so bad.
Q: Do you find yourself going outside as much as you normally would?
A: No, of course not.
A: It’s awful. What kind of coat can you wear in this weather? I have no coats sufficient for this winter. Also, the salt that they dump on the sidewalks is ruining all of my boots. It’s awful.
Q: Where are you from?
A: It is schizophrenic.
A: Today is a perfect example. Warm day, snowed, then got warm, then rained. It was unseasonably cold at New Year;s, then unseasonably warm. Which is interesting, keeps you guessing. But no real satisfying snow since December.
- Sartorial advice for braving the cold?
A: Thick socks.
A: I like scarves. They are really effective at keeping your neck, face, and head warm on really cold days.
A: I hate scarves. For whatever reason, whenever I wear a scarf, I feel like I’m choking.
A: Shoes with traction, and thick socks. I think there was a study done that said hats and socks are the most important items for keeping warm?
A: Thick sweaters and long underwear.
- When was the last time you built a snowman?
A: Oh, gosh, I have no idea.
A: [laughs uncomfortably] When I was a kid?
A: Probably with my younger siblings a few Christmases ago? They’re young, so they still play in the snow a bunch.
A: I haven’t spent enough time in the snow to ever build a snowman…at least, as far as I can remember.
A: 2015. Tahoe. It was horribly deformed.