Just a few days ago, Montclair State students bundled up against single-digit temperatures and trudged to class, careful to avoid ice slabs and February snow. Today, however, students on campus basked in shocking 70-degree weather; an overall nice end to a long week.
“It’s beautiful out,” said Melody Marti, a senior dance education major. “It smells like Spring. Like grass and nature. And I noticed the geese were flying around outside. That was so nice to see!”
Weather.com reported for today a high of 73 degrees with temperatures hitting as low as 51 tonight; odd weather especially at the end of February.
“It’s most definitely weird,” said an undeclared freshman, Christina Mendoza. “Just a few days ago I wore a parka to school. The week before that there was still snow on the ground. But I’m definitely not complaining!”
Mendoza’s friend, Brigette Mena, also an undeclared freshman, nodded in agreement.
“We can finally sit outside,” said Mena, lounging in a green chair outside of Café Diem with some homework. “I’m loving every minute of it. I feel like winter is just way too long.”
While Mendoza and Mena enjoyed their time studying outside, other students relished eating outside with fellow friends.
“After I’m done with classes, I’m going to grab some lunch and sit on a bench too,” said Marti. “That’ll be such a nice switch up.”
Although Mendoza and Mena wished they could do the same after class, just sitting outside and studying was more than good enough for them.
“Plus,” added Mena, “I only have two more classes and then I’ll go to work. I work at a daycare center and we’ll most likely play outside with the kids. I’m going to enjoy it while it lasts.”