4 Tips to Survive Winter at OCC


Winter is here! In Central New York it’s a way of life so many of us know how to survive it already. But this may be the first time you’re attending college while dealing with snow. Believe us, it’s much different than going to high school in the snow. Here are our tips for dealing with the snow at OCC.

1. Dress in Layers

Obviously, this is Central New York and things can tend to get a little chilly around here. The easiest way to stay warm is to listen to your parents and wear those layers. So get out your socks, shirts, undershirts, and coats to make sure you avoid the chilly weather.

If you aren’t able to afford winter clothing, stop by the Community Care Hub at OCC. They have coats available for eligible OCC students while their supplies last.

2. Give Yourself More Time to Drive to Campus

Maybe this will be the first semester you will need to commute to campus in the snow. If so, make sure you give yourself a lot of extra time to get to campus. Snow always slows down the traffic so you should prepare to have your commute be doubled on bad weather mornings.

3. And Take Care on the Hills up to Campus

No matter which way you come to campus, you’ll likely need to go up a hill to get to OCC. When going up hills make sure you don’t stop or power up a hill. Your pacing should be pretty even. When approaching a large downhill slope, make sure to reduce your speeds. It will be hard to stop on a snowy or icy hill.

The steepest hills around OCC are emergency snow routes so you should be able to get up to campus with ease. However, it always good to know what you’re doing going up and down a big hill.

4. Cut in through Academic II to avoid the cold

Walking over a cold and windy bridge in the middle of winter can be a real struggle. To stay warm between buildings, cut through Academic II. It connects Gordon and Ferrante so you won’t need to walk across the bridge on those windy blustery days.

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