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Hillsborough Native and Quinnipiac University Student Survives Blizzard of 2013

Erinn Magrosky, a Hillsborough High School graduate, and Quinnipiac University student, gives an inside look on what it was like dealing with the 40 inches of snow that Hamden, Conn. got.

On Thursday night, it was with great anticipation that I would be waking up on Friday morning to a “Classes Cancelled” alert. And to my surprise I woke up to a text and decided to roll over, back to sleep. I woke up later in the morning to a winter wonderland.

There was already about five inches covering the verdant landscaping that surrounded the Ledges Residence Hall at Quinnipiac, University in Hamden, Connecticut. I did not think the storm would be this bad until my friends and I decided to venture out to go get breakfast. We bundled up and headed out into the cold and snowy weather. The walk to the cafeteria was somewhat brutal. The wind was not in our favor and the snow was practically burning our faces. There were not a lot of options of food at the Cafe but we ate what we could find.

On our way back to Ledges, we decided to see how icy the roads really where. We were running and sliding everywhere and it was a great time. The rest of the day and night we promised ourselves that we would not go back outside. Since we did not want to leave the building, we decided to have movie night and game night.

We played the card games Apples to Apples and Spoons. Then we decided to Watch The Last Song, which is a typical chick-flick movie. During commercial breaks we would go see how much snow was on the ground. It was shocking how much snow there actually was. And it just kept snowing and snowing; I did not think it was ever going to stop. Friday night I went to bed thinking that I would wake up to only a foot of snow, but I was wrong.

On Saturday morning, I decided to venture downstairs to see what exactly the storm has done. To my surprise I was completely snowed in. The door into my building was completely blocked by snow. And the snow was half way up blocking the windows. All I wanted to do was to go to the cafe to get breakfast, but I realized that option was not happening. I decided to go do homework the rest of the day considering I had a lot I needed to get done. I was fortunate enough to have food that I was able to eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 

Overall, I think the school did a poor job communication wise, the bathrooms in the residence halls were running out of toiletries, and they were telling us to stay indoors. But what if we did not have food? I feel as though the University was not prepared for the storm because we really did not know how bad it was until later in the week. Also, I heard stories how many people went to the cafeteria to find out there was a thirty-minute line just to get food!

The storm has affected my weekend plans tremendously. I planned on pledging a sorority this weekend and was really looking forward to it. Because of the snow, everything got pushed back to next weekend. I already made plans for next weekend and now my whole schedule is messed up. However, Nemo has allowed me to get all my work done and catch up on some shows on Netflix.

Snowplows have been making there way to the campus throughout the night, however, there is so much snow that there is now where to put it all. Some paths have been made but they are not clear enough to walk on. Students have been playing in the snow since Friday morning. Some kids were jumping from their second story windows into the snow; also doing back-flips as well. There was also a big snowball fight in the middle of the school quad.  People have been sledding and definitely been taking advantage of the snow.

On Sunday, I decided to take a day off from doing homework so that I could relax and catch up on some sleep. I hung out with my friends the whole day and watched some Netflix. I even decided to venture out to The Rat, our cafeteria to get some food. They did not have a lot of options. However, I got a salad and some chips. Later that night, my friends and I watched the Grammy’s together .My roommates left that night to go to one of their houses but I decided to stay behind to get work done. 

On Monday I was back in homework mode. I decided to work on homework until four o’clock. I was able to get my English homework and public relations project complete. I decided not to leave the dorm because I did not know what the food situation was. Since my roommates were gone, I decided to clean my room. It is amazing how messy it can get. The bathroom in my hall still has not been cleaned. It is getting to be really gross. I hope someone can come and clean it soon. Getting the text about classes being cancelled was really nice. It is great having a few days to catch up and start work. That night we decided to order Primo's, a take out place near by. It was my first, hot meal with protein since Thursday. I was so happy to finally have real food. We also order ice cream, and like typical girls, we ate it while watching “The Bachelor.” After The “Bachelor” I decided to watch some Netflix before I went to bed.

Tuesday morning I slept in and stayed in bed until noon. I love being able to catch up on my sleep. My day is focused on starting my paper for Journalism. I spent the whole day working on it and made some significant progress. I still have not left my dorm room and do not plan on it. I am actually happy we have class tomorrow because I can get back into a routine. I am just working on trying to get ahead in all my classes because I have sorority recruitment this weekend. Tonight, we are ordering Chinese food and watching T.V.  I plan to go to bed early so that I am ready to go tomorrow morning.

 This snowstorm has taught me a lot. I never knew what is what like to be trapped in somewhere. I has now taught be to be prepared for a situation like this. Next time, I will have more food and necessities. Hopefully the school will have a better communication next time so that we are all not worried. The snowstorm has definitely taught me a lot, and I am proud to say I made history by being part of such a huge snowstorm.

As of Today, February 13th, the school is still in the process of removing the snow. The path ways are still icy, however, they are trying there best to remove it all. Classes are now back in session at Quinnipiac University. 

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Kim Kiesel February 15, 2013 at 12:37 PM
Great article erinn . Being away at college has made you grow up so much. Although I am not happy about that we are all proud of the young woman that u gave become. I am positive you can overcome any obstacle that come your way. Your mom has taught you wrll
Kim Kiesel February 15, 2013 at 12:41 PM
Great article erinn. Being away at college has made you grow up so much, although I don't like that we ate very proud of the young woman you have become. I am positive weather it be a snow storm or something much more there is nothing in life you can't overcome. Keep up the good work. I can't wait to see who you become in the future. We love you. Kim
Mark February 17, 2013 at 06:37 PM
Better article than we normally see in the Patch but...... so what. Can anyone submit articles?????

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