Author’s Note: This article contains explicit amounts of sarcasm, satire and dry humor. You have been forewarned.
Here at CWU we like to live life on the edge. You could probably even go as far as calling us adrenaline junkies.
In recent weeks we’ve had bitterly freezing temperatures, warm and sunny days, and intense flooding that has hindered my typical route to work and class.
But as my arrival to any location on time became more of a challenge with each new naturally disastrous event, the adventure turned into a situation much more extreme than we could have ever imagined.
With that I decided to document the daily conditions that so many other CWU students face as the battle against nature continues.
These are their [my] stories: *cue dramatic music*
Last Friday, just hours after my last blog post went live, I hydroplaned my vehicle into a parking spot and prepared to embark on an educational experience. After stepping out of my vehicle and nearly falling to my death due to the high elevation that my vehicle found itself to be at (thank you compact snow and ice), I managed to maneuver my way off the steep cliff.
It’s only fair to point out that I am not the tallest individual around, so what may only seem like Mt. Rainier to you, is really like Mt. Everest to me, so withhold your judgment.
This experience was then followed by a river crossing that nearly required the use of a life-raft to survive. I mean, just look at that flooding. I almost got my shoes all wet…
I thought I could breathe a sigh of relief after my narrow escape from the river crossing, but I was wrong. Not much farther ahead and I found myself face-to-face with a much larger and more daunting task: The Climb.
If I was worried about my shoes before, I was absolutely in pure fear for them now.
After two failed attempts, one soaked shoe and the creation of a trailblazing path for dozens (if not hundreds) of other students, I reached the summit of the mountain and found myself in a bit of a time crunch.
With no more than four minutes left until I would fail my task and arrive late to my destination, I speed-walked (at one point I almost had to jog) across a frozen and unforgiving tundra.
A brief slip left me kneeling to the weather, but I pulled myself up and carried on.
Before long, I linked up with a handful of my fellow adventurists as our journeys to explore a world of education overlapped. It was only through the strength of our determination and collective efforts that we passed through the gateway of Black Hall with just a few moments to spare.
However you’d like to describe the traits that allowed us to carry through these winter weather disasters–brave, determined, intelligent, your choice really–we’re really just regular students out here trying to get out of Ellensburg one icy step at a time.
I’d like to dedicate this blog to all of the CWU students who push against the odds every single day and live life on the edge just to pursue an education. To those adrenaline seekers and knowledge junkies who brave the elements when administrators refuse to cancel classes–this one’s for you.