Students use snow day for fun and play
By Mitchell Roland and Carlos Carillo-Sandoval - Staff Reporters
With snow blanketing the Puget Sound area this week, students and faculty used the extra days off for fun and education.
Highline's campus was closed Monday and Tuesday this week due to three to four inches of snow that fell Sunday night and Monday morning. More snowfall is also in the forecast early next week.
The National Weather Service is currently forecasting up to four inches of snow falling in Des Moines Friday evening into Saturday morning. Forecasts also predict a chance of more snow Sunday, Monday and Tuesday with high temperatures in the mid- 30s.
With extra days off due to the snowy weather, Highline students did a variety of things. Many students enjoyed the snow, including Gabriel Smith.
"I love the cold snow. I want more," he said. "I played in the snow with my brothers. I got hit in the face multiple times even though I explicitly told them not to aim for the area. But we had fun." While Challen Mills mother
told him to stay home, Mills said that he nearly came to campus yesterday before he saw school was cancelled. He realized the campus was closed while he was putting his pants on. Mills then used the extra day off to spend time with family.
"I stayed indoors with my grandfather," he said.
Gina Park and her cousin had a rough time during the snow days. When attempting to make snow angels, Park's cousin accidently made a snow angel in dog poop.
Terril Harris said that he had a "snowball fight that turned into Madden" and eventually Fortnite with the time off.
With snow in the Seattle a rare occurrence, some students had difficulties trying to drive.
Minho Kim wanted to go to Seattle but couldn't "because it wasn't safe to drive," he said.
Others had experience driving in the snow but tried to minimize their travel.
"It wasn't too hard. I've driven before on snow and ice, but I did want to stay off the road as much as possible," Roman Tor- res said.
Other students ran into a bit more trouble.
"I almost crashed into a tree when getting out of my [drive- way]," Julian Martinez said.
While some students enjoyed the extra time off, others were annoyed.
Pramisha Chandra said the extra class time could've helped with the exams that she has next week.
"I had lectures [scheduled] for my math and bio classes" during the days that were canceled, she said.
But other students used the time to be productive.
"I caught up on homework and wrote some of my university essays," Julian Martinez said.
Matt Kahn said he used the extra time as an opportunity to take a test and sleep in.
"I mostly did stuff around the house," Kahn said.
Roman Torres said the days were a good way to get caught up on school work.
"[The days off] were nice. It gave me the chance to catch up on homework and study," Torres said.
Students employed on campus were also annoyed by the snow. With no school, that meant their jobs were also cancelled.
"I work on campus so I couldn't work," Gwendellyn Muhalia said.
Gabriel Smith said he didn't mind the first day off from school. But after that, he had had enough.
"The second day off didn't make me happy. I don't like miss- ing any days of school," he said.
While students said that they saw snow was in the forecast, some were surprised how much fell.
"I checked the forecast, so I wasn't surprised," Roman Torres said.
While Gwendellyn Muhalia wasn't surprised that it snowed, "the extent of it did surprise me."
But while students used the time for a variety of different activities, the lost class time can create a challenge for professors.
Highline Geology professor Dr. Eric Baer said that there are multiple ways he makes up for the lost time.
"I depend on students reading from the textbook more and cover less in class. I may choose to com- press coverage of a topic," he said.
Dr. Baer also said that he may shorten or skip an activity due to snow days. But even without snow, his schedule isn't rigid.
"It is something I am used to doing since even without snow days we may spend a bit more or less time on a topic than I expect and/or plan for," he said.
Still, he used the time productively.
"During the snow days I graded, did some writing and reading, cleaned my house and cooked and still had a bunch of meetings – but by video conference instead of in person," he said.