SNOW-12-21-121BOONE, NC – In the midst of dropping temperatures and the beginning of winter-like weather, it has been confirmed that most freshmen at Appalachian State University have no earthly idea at how much worse the weather is about to get.

Junior physics major Austin Bardsley first made the observation of widespread freshmen naivety when he overheard one group talking about how cold the fifty degree weather was in early November.  “I was about to go for a run because it was pretty nice out,” he notes. “I was out wearing shorts and this group of freshmen just walked by all bundled up in expensive winter gear. If this is what they’re doing in November, then I don’t know how they’ll be able to handle the weather once January rolls around.”

With Boone’s notoriously harsh winter yet again on the horizon, it is becoming clearer by the day that these bright-eyed and bushy-tailed first year college students have absolutely no idea what they signed up for. “I mean, I heard Boone’s winters could be pretty rough,” says Freshman Sustainable Development major and Florida native Elliot Gibson. “But the end of this semester has been the coldest I’ve ever been in my life. I’m really starting to question why I decided to go to school here in the first place.”

When told that come Spring Semester, the temperature could normally hit the single digits and a foot of snow still won’t cancel class, Gibson’s jaw dropped in disbelief. “No,” he says. “No, there’s no way it’s really gonna get that bad.”

“Oh it will get that bad,” Bardsley says later with a laugh. “It’ll get much worse.”