Student Voices: Surviving the Canadian Cold | Work of Arts
Student Voices: Surviving the Canadian Cold | Work of Arts

Student Voices: Surviving the Canadian Cold

International student blogger Meijun Chen experiences an Edmonton winter for the first time

After receiving congratulations and good wishes from my friends and family when I received university offers and decided to study in Canada, people kept asking me the same question: “Are you okay with the cold snowy weather? I heard it’s really, really cold in winter!” Yes, it’s cold in Canada in winter, but surprisingly, not as bad as I imagined!

I was born in a city where it never snows, and even the lowest temperature in winter is above zero degrees. Before I decided to go to the University of Alberta, my family and I did a lot of research about Edmonton’s weather, but I really had no idea what minus thirty degrees would be like. That temperature sounds scary, and the pictures of the snow covering everything looked kind of scary as well. But I didn’t want to give up the chance to be educated at such an amazing university just because of “bad” weather, so as a result, my luggage was filled with warm winter clothes, and off I went.

I did a lot of research about Edmonton’s weather, but I really had no idea what minus thirty degrees would be like.

After I came to Canada and saw the snow for the first time, I was pretty excited. And I found that the warm clothes I brought are good for outdoor activities, but not indoors because the heat inside is really warm enough. So thanks to my local friends’ suggestions, what I needed was comfy clothes and a thick coat, and that’s it!

The biggest difference between my home city and Edmonton is, even when it snows in Edmonton, the wind chill isn’t that cold at the end of the fall or the beginning of the spring, because it’s a dry cold. My home city’s weather is similar to Vancouver’s: wet cold weather. So I was able to get used to the dry cold weather here quicker.

The indoor pedways between buildings on campus also help you to survive in winter term! My suggestion is to get a map and explore the best routes for yourself to get to classes in the shortest time. And getting a cup of hot tea or hot chocolate with your friends after class is always a good way to warm up in the cold winter!

Keep warm, and I’m sure you’ll enjoy your winter here at U of A!

 

Student Voices is a WOA blog feature that presents the experiences and viewpoints of current Arts students. Through their posts, you’ll experience the creativity and passion of our students as they present glimpses into student life. The views and opinions expressed within these posts are solely those of the authors.


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About Meijun Chen

Meijun Chen

Meijun Chen is an outgoing third year international student from China, majoring in music and minoring in economics. She loves playing the clarinet and piano, and attending concerts. Dodgeball, tennis and basketball are her other favourite activities. She is currently the SU Lister Student Representative and Peer Tutor in Lister Centre, treasurer of the University Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and a volunteer with the UA International Global Academic Leadership Development (GALD) program. She has travelled to more than 15 countries and regions for music cultural communications and competitions. These experiences not only deepened her cultural understanding, but also strengthened her interpersonal, organizational and multitasking skills.