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November 24, 2013

Let's face the facts - Oberlin is about to get really chilly. We braced a HUGE (possibly somewhat of an exaggeration) snowstorm a couple weeks ago. We survived a terrifying lightning-filled rainstorm a week ago. And in the past 24 hours it feels like the temperature dropped 20 degrees! So I thought that this would be the perfect time to share my favorite spots on campus to stay toasty in this chilly chilly weather.

The Mudd Couch Jungle

Cozy up in the couch jungle in the center of the second floor of Mudd. It's a great place to do some reading while hanging out with your friends, so even if they live all the way across campus you can meet each other halfway! What makes it even better is that you can pop over to Dascomb for Fourth Meal even when it's snowing outside, because it's so close! Plus a 100-meter sprint to Dascomb will surely keep you warm.

Wilder 2nd Floor Cubicles

These old cubicles are one of my favorite places to go to read. Someone once told me that Wilder Hall was used as a recreation center and in the olden days, when courting was still a thing, people would go on supervised dates at Wilder. I don't know how true that may be but I always imagine these cubicles being one of those places where young couples would cheesily stare into each other's eyes and every once in a while try to hold hands under the table while the supervisor wasn't looking. People don't do that much anymore (as far as I know, but you surely could bring back the trend), but Wilder does have a historical feel to it and I love that setting when I'm reading. Plus, it's a perfect place for you if you're a procrastinator and want to procrastinate. You can head over to the SIC and buy some safer sex supplies or talk to some of the fun staffers (@ Wilder 203). You can get HIV Peer Tested, if you're interested (@ Wilder 304). You can pop over to DeCafe downstairs and get a snack or some coffee to keep your engine running (I feel like most of my favorite cozy places need to be close to a food source). You can pee in one of the cutest toilets on campus (the retro diner-y one on the first floor is my favorite!). Wilder surely is the place to be if you wish to be a productive procrastinator and you don't even have to leave the building! You can take your friend on a coffee date and explore the building if you're waiting out the snow or the rain.

Stevie

With all the food talk, you had to see this one coming. C'mon, despite the colorful and slightly hideous couches, there's unlimited food in one building. Need I say more? I've spent too many hours sitting at Stevie with my friends, but it's the perfect place to go when you need to plump yourself up for hibernation season.

Art Library

Even though the Art Library is around a 7-minute walk from my dorm, it's worth the walk. It's so intimate and warm that you could spend hours cuddled up on the couches. They also have a lovely collection of book art pieces displayed around the library and the librarian is a total sweetheart.

My Love Hut

I've given my humble abode many names! My nest, my love hut, my cuddle jungle... It's my own little world that I love very very much! I strongly suggest making your room as cozy as possible for the winter season. Drown yourself in blankets! Stock up on teas and have cuddly tea parties! Light warm scented candles so your room smells like hot apple cider! Make it your little burrow so that when it gets cold and windy outside, you still feel all warm and home-y on the inside.

These are a few of my favorite places to seek refuge in when I'm trying to escape the cold. Let me know some of yours!

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I guess this isn't technically a place one can go any time of day, but since you mentioned Stevie, I feel like it's acceptable for me to mention the Cat! If you're lucky enough to get to an event early and can snag a couch in the back, there is nothing more cozy than curling up with a cup of tea and a cookie the size of your head and watching ridiculously talented Obies perform.

Posted by: Andrea on November 25, 2013 11:17 PM

This is a weird one, but: Hales. It's a big block of stone and glass, so it's never terribly warm and cozy, but the number of jumping jacks I've done to warm up in there before doing acro/tumbling/aerials/insert circus thing here is obscene, and thinking of Hales in the winter now makes me think of satisfyingly hard work, pumping circulation, and the good kind of exhaustion. I wouldn't recommend it for snuggling up, but I VERY much recommend it for anyone who wants to get warm by other means.

Posted by: Ida on November 27, 2013 8:46 PM

Oh YEAH the Cat! The Cat is wonderfully cozy. Also cookies. But if we're talking about cookies... I always preferred staying in Harkness, because my own room was pretty cozy and the couch forts in the lounge were pretty fantastic, too. Also snacks and things are just a few steps away in the basement kitchen!

But if we're on campus and pretending that we're getting things done: I'm personally all about the womb chairs. They're the best for curling up and napping.

Posted by: Ma'ayan on December 5, 2013 2:19 PM

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