College Student 2013-09-19T23:32:01Z
It is very hot on campus, and the dorm rooms always stay hot. During the winter, it is cold outside, but the snow rarely sticks around long.
College Sophomore 2013-07-30T20:39:35Z
I find this very ironic to write, coming from me. My first year (last year 2012-2013), I moved out to Missoula to attend the University of Montana. I knew what to expect; I had heard second hand stories, people I spoke with, and the common knowledge of the climate out West. Coming from Cartersville Georgia where it is always so hot and humid and a 'winter' for us was high 30's in the early morning and usually 50's the rest of the day, I was very excited to began my new adventure out West, in a new environment, new community, new social/ life styles/ mannerisms. Although, I was a bit nervous for the winter once I was out here and talked to some people I made friends with from Montana. From what they said it was colder than I could even imagine or believe was possible - 19 years old and I have never seen or experienced this before - but I was ready. I am not particularly a person who adapts to the cold too well, at least in Georgia I never really did for its winters, but today I look back at that and laugh!!
Spring came last semester and my friends said, oh yeah it was a really mild winter, you were lucky! I feel thankful!! But actually, I am glad, from what they said, that the mild winter was my first winter here in Montana. It allowed me to get use to the cold.
I actually handled the winter very well. I came back at the beginning of January, stayed in the dorm, and actually attended a winter class here on campus. I took Culture & Society in the Social Sciences building, which is an okay walk, for the winter, coming from Miller Hall. The only thing that I really had trouble with was my class was in the early mornings at 8 am. Not early to me, I am actually a morning person, but early for the (warmer) whether to show up. But I made it to my class everyday and enjoyed every minute of it, from leaving my dorm, the walk to and from class, as well as my class.
Again, I have to say how blessed I feel to be a part of the University of Montana. I have gained so much knowledge, academically, personally, and in every day life, as well as I have gotten to experience different types of cultures and the social groups (styles) out West here. Personally, one thing that really opened up my eyes last year was the first snow fall of the season. It was a small one people said and the snow did not fall as deep or long as it usually did previous years, but it was so beautiful. When there was snow completely covering campus, I would take walks and take in where I was, at my dream goal which I achieved, attending the University of Montana.
I have never seen anything like a snow fall. Walking through the oval, slowly, heading towards the University Center, the days were so bright, white, a serene like quality, to me everything so much quieter and peaceful. I say that the past winter I was outside, either on walks, going to class, talking with friends, or just sitting and observing, much more than I usually was before or after.
For me, the local weather never negatively affected my campus experience at the University of Montana. Instead, it affected my experience in such a serene, eye-opening, new experience that I never would have had otherwise. I believe the University of Montana is in the best location with the best wether, people, activities, teachers, and education ever.