Snow freezes college
By Thunderword Staff
Classes and assignments have been cancelled over the last week and a half due to re- cord setting snowfall.
After multiple snow days last week, Highline was again closed Monday and Tuesday this week and opened two hours late Wednesday due to snow and icy roads.
February has already left the Puget Sound region with record breaking snowfall. SeaTac Airport has recorded 14.1 inches of snow so far this month, which makes it the snowiest February of all time. It is also already the eighth snowiest month ever.
Going forward, the Nation- al Weather Service current- ly forecasts more moderate
weather. High temperatures will be in the low-to mid-40s, with rain and a possible rain/ snow mix. Overnight tempera- tures will be below freezing, meaning any standing water could freeze.
Snowmageddon forced most professors to push back assignments and exams due to the school closure. "Even though exams
and assignments have been pushed back, sitting at home has made me more stressed," said one student.
"Most assignments have been pushed forward," said Ian Kambatu.
Assignments being pushed back offers students a chance to study more. However, one student doesn't see this as a perk.
"I'm studying more but I'm still stressed because of the catch-up process," the student said.
"My exams have been pushed back a little, but we were already behind. I've been keeping up with the class reading though," Jaden Hendrickson said.
Some assignments are dif- ficult to make-up, especial- ly if they're in-class and not online.
"I didn't have tests, but I had a presentation due on Monday that's been pushed," said Andrew Kamau.
One student's exams have been severely impacted by several school closures over the past weeks.
"I have a hybrid class, but we meet and have tests every Monday. So we missed a test on MLK Day, the snow day last week, the snow day this week and next Monday is President's day," Samantha De Guzman said.
Tests being continuously postponed greatly impacts the rest of the quarter, caus- ing professors to rework their agendas.
"My professor said that there was going to be a meet- ing with the teachers about what to do because of the closures," De Guzman add- ed.
Many classes, such as psy- chology, had to rearrange their schedule to make up for the assignments and tests missed.
"Two of my classes got canceled so it was definitely frustrating for me," Ethan Herbert said. "My professor had to change the quarter schedule twice now just to make up for assignments missed." "I don't know how I'm going to be able to learn ev- erything we missed. It's just too much," Soccoro Sandoval
said. "At this point, it'll be the
shortest Winter Quarter yet," Anabel Milliner said.
Madeline Aguirre said that most of her assignments had to be assigned online due to campus being closed on Monday and Tuesday. Other midterms or exams were ei- ther rescheduled or dropped entirely.
But when deadlines stay the same and class time gets cut, student anxiety levels rise.
"It's been inconvenient missing so much class," Kah- lan LaVergne said, "It's a lot harder to keep myself on track with such little class time."
"I'm a procrastinator," Shiyana Daniels said. "If I get too much flexibility, I won't get anything done."
With only one or two full weeks of school this quarter, students are feeling thrown off.
"I feel like I've hardly been here [Highline campus] this quarter," Kahlan said.
Being stuck at home start- ed to annoy students after a while.
"I've been at home for a week straight. It's been bor- ing," Sydney Lemke said.
Tina Lewis said her trans- portation was very limited.
"I was just stuck at home and got cabin fever, which is not a good feeling," she said.
Many students were stuck because the roads were in bad conditions.
"I was not able to go out," Karina Parada said.
"I live in Fairwood and I couldn't even get out of my neighborhood," one student said.
Another student who lives near a cleared school zone, had a different experience.
"I live in Federal Way near a school zone. The main roads are clear but the side roads are still icy," Samantha De Guzman said.
De Guzman's drive is es- pecially hazardous.
"I drive a small sedan. I feel like an icy golf ball when I drive," she said.
Driving in the snow and ice was a popular complaint among students.
"Sliding [on the snow] is the worst part," Andrew Ka- mau said as he slipped on a patch of snow on campus.
The snow has also caused people to miss work.
"I haven't been able to get to work because I live in Federal Way and my job is in Tacoma. It's insane," Marcos Sahagan said.
"I was stuck at home and I was finally able to dig out my car yesterday under four inches of snow," Angela Justunne said.
Cherry Nguyen's work study assignments were in- terrupted.
"I couldn't get much done
because I depend on other people for it," she said.
But even though students said they were stressed, they still made the most of their time off.
Cynthia Velez-Regalado said she walked her puppy even though it was a bit of a struggle.
"She would run and yank [the leash], so I'd slip [a bit]," she said.
Arie Cuenca said she used the extra days off to spend time with her family.
"I got to build a snowman with my nephews, so I guess that was the highlight of my
week," she said.
Kaila Stephens said that the snow was fun, but only to a point.
"Having snow this past weekend was fun but when it starts to interfere with daily life, it can be annoying," Ste- phens said.
Some students were hap- py to see the snow; despite the confusion and chaos it's caused.
"I love it [the snow]. When I see it, it brings back pleasant childhood memories and nos- talgia," Ken Newman said.
McKenzie Loiselle, Aline Valiente, Samantha Knight, Alex Antilla, Carlos Carril- lo-Sandoval, and Mitchell Ro- land contributed to this story.