When It Rains, It Pours

| September 9, 2011

This semester, so far, has been almost too eventful. Here, in D.C., we survived an earthquake, a hurricane, the longest period of rain I’ve ever experienced and now everyone’s taking precautions for the upcoming 9/11 anniversary.

Now, one of these things is not like the other; however, it just goes to show that sometimes things don’t start off as smoothly as we anticipate. No one said starting college would be easy. But sometimes I feel bad for all the freshmen that are terrified enough as it is just walking to class. Now they have to deal with the fear of an impending plague or something.

The best precaution we take can take in times such as this is to simply over-prepare. It hasn’t stopped raining once this entire week and, of course, I left my umbrella at my babysitting job on Tuesday. So, what should I have done? Bought a new umbrella right away. What did I do? Waited until every single store sold out of umbrellas (due to the aforementioned monsoon) to decide to actually go pick one up.

In high school – especially in Louisville – we either had cars or always had someone to drive us places. College is different. You’re constantly walking outside. So maybe you could handle being in the rain for two seconds without a hood back home. But now there’s no way you’re walking to class in the rain with no hood – unless you want to get a cold and have your mom scream at you over the phone for being irresponsible (Trust me. Prior experience).

So get a pair of rain boots. Hunter boots are popular on pretty much every campus.

Zappos.com

Zappos.com

They run around $125, so if you’re looking for something a bit cheaper, always head to target. I think these whale print boots are adorable and so Vineyard Vines.

Target.com

Target.com

Get a raincoat. I love Northface and they come in so many awesome colors. My favorite is this one in Veridian Green ($99).

Nordstrom.com

Nordstrom.com

Or you could go with this stylish trench coat from ASOS that I’ve been coveting (hint, hint mom! Hanukkah’s not too far away!).
ASOS.com

ASOS.com

And, of course, get yourself an umbrella, crazy! I only stick with one brand when it comes to my rain shield: Totes. They come in endless prints and colors, most of them open and close automatically and come with a sleeve. How convenient!

Totes.com

Totes.com

So try to stay dry, stay away from any locusts and always be prepared and stylish.

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