A Floridian’s First Snow

IMG_0218My name is Sofia Oliva, and I am in my first year here at Villanova. I grew up in Key Biscayne, a small island community off of Miami, Florida. As you can imagine, I spent most of the winter season on the beach – it is pretty warm there almost all the time. I think the coldest it has ever gotten is mid 40s, and this “cold” weather only lasts a few days. Needless to say, I’ve never seen snow before.

When I think of fun outdoor activities, the first thing that comes to mind is walking down the road to the beach and breathing in the warm, humid air. I think of shopping for cute bathing suit pieces, not long pants and thick sweaters. I definitely wasn’t prepared for the drastically low temperatures and the snow to come.


IMG_3958A few days ago, news started coming in about a big snow storm that would hit campus over the weekend. I was initially pleasantly surprised and very excited to finally see snow fall. Waking up the first morning of the snowstorm was a magical experience. I could have never imagined that it would snow so much. Walking to breakfast, I caught some snowflakes on my tongue. My roommate and I quickly ate breakfast and rushed back outside to make my first snow angel. The snow was very cold and got everywhere! Since I was very underdressed, the snow got all over my hands and in my shoes. Although I was very cold by the end of the day, my first snow experience was everything I dreamed of.


The following Monday, however, I felt a little under the weather. It seemed that the cold had gotten the best of me. Luckily, classes were canceled which gave me a chance to make a trip to the Health Center after going to the mall to buy many more coats to survive the rest of the winter.

I can’t wait to experience more snow in the future here at Villanova! Crossing my fingers for more snow days to come. Go ’Cats!!


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