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Written by Sam Murray
After a Poughkeepsie winter, 55-degree temperatures are a reason to go barefoot. The seasons are intense, and it gets just as hot as it does cold. Move-in day at Vassar is always sticky, and it doesn't help that the dorms aren't air conditioned. You will sweat for the first weeks of school. Unless you're planning on taking four showers a day, bring a fan. Once the drier breeze settles in, autumn is spectacular. The entire quad becomes a Tiffany window: leaves fragmented and spread over the grass, inviting students to lie and study below the frames of trees.
Winter is a white wonderland. Temperatures hang well below freezing for most of the winter, and the thick layer of snow, with its squirrel-like paths carved between dorms for walking, remains until mid-April. The cold is long, but not unbearable, and it permits ample time to slide down the hill at Sunset Lake on a cafeteria tray, play Frisbee, or build something obscene and artistic out of snow. There are intermittent days of thaw throughout the winter months, and the dorms can get so hot with the boiling air pouring in through the vents, you'll think that you go to school in Florida. When the long-awaited spring finally comes, it is soon unmistakable that it is really summer. The heat and humidity rush in, and the last few weeks of school are even more sweaty than the first were.
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