This might seem a rather frivolous topic but… I went to high school every day wearing Rainbows sandals. Shoes never really crossed my mind. After only a few weeks here my freshman year, I was so surprised at how many people sport the same footwear! Most of these types of shoes I had never seen before coming to Middlebury, but here’s a heads up for those of you who will be experiencing a change in climate when you get to school!
Bean Boots: all-terrain, all-weather, and somehow worn from November through April. Potentially even May this year. You’d think they’d only be worn for duck-hunting, but as it turns out, are acceptably paired with jeans, skirts, and even leggings.
Dansko Clogs: comfortably crunchy and Vermont-sensible.
Frye Boots: they’re everywhere. Nice looking leather and appropriate for everything from class to bike riding to a capella concerts.
Toms: comfortable slip-ons that give back.
Top Siders: again, they’re everywhere. As soon as it’s warm enough to go without socks!
Survival tip: Smartwool. Dry quickly, keep your toes warm, and last forever! (and come in fun colors…)
11/01/10 – 11/07/10. HUGE week.
Not only is candy the cheapest because Halloween was Sunday, but this week Middlebury college students choose our J-Term classes. J-Term? don’t you mean Kan”Ye” Term? HOW DID YOU GUESS? Here at Middlebury College we are on what we call a 4-1-4 system: 4 classes in the fall, one class during January and 4 classes in the spring. That means during J-Term you take one class for 4 weeks and you get one credit, completing a semester of class in 1/4 the time. “That sounds really terrible” you might think, well you would be so wrong.
During January I will have class from 10:30am-12:30am Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for a total of 8 hours a week, or almost exactly 4.8% of the 168 total hours I have to spend every 7 days. That means I will have an impossibly large amount of time to do whatever I want, which I’ll probably divide evenly between Wii tennis and ski racing. If you are a skier, want to learn how to ski or just like to brag, you’ll be so amped to know that Middlebury has its own mountain—the Middlebury College Snow Bowl—to which a free shuttle runs every 30 minutes, every day during January. I only ask that you refrain from wearing your helmet and ski boots in the dining hall because it looks terrible and you get the floor all watery.
So when your friends at other college are pretending that they are really excited to have an extra month off during January to live with their parents and wish that they were back at college eating ice cream for breakfast, you’ll be hanging out here where its like summer camp, only it’s in the winter.
Oh, by the way don’t try to call J-Term, Kan”Ye” Term because no one will understand you.