No one wants finals at the end of the week, especially if you have tests until December 22nd like many students at University of Wisconsin Madison did this semester.
But what’s worse than end of the week finals? Being stuck on campus — even after your tests end.
Winona State University students Zoe Reker, left, and Kara Helget walk to the Winona Post Office while it snows Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. The first major snowstorm of the season began its slow eastward march across the Midwest early Thursday.
Although finals are long over for Emily Temte, a senior at Luther College, she is still stuck in Decorah, IA.
Temte planned to leave school on Tuesday, but after hearing about an approaching storm in her hometown of Madison, Wisconsin she decided to put off her drive for another day.
After that same storm hit Decorah the next day, Temte still hasn’t been able to leave.
“When we went to bed last night it was just starting to pick up here, we got the most of it in the night,” Temte said.
Now, the conditions are even worse. Temte hopes to make it home by Saturday at the latest, but with heavy snow there are no guarantees.
Colin Hueser, a senior at Iowa State University had to budget two hours for a drive that normally took 45 minutes on the way to the airport in Des Moines.
“We have to take back roads all the way to Des Moines because the interstate is closed,” Hueser said.
Hueser was nervous about missing his flight to Oregon if the ride took even longer than his budgeted two hours.
At least travel delays for students at University of Minnesota won’t force them to sleep in the snow.
Although residence halls officially closed Thursday December 20th, the University’s housing staff created a plan for students who had to stay longer.
“Any student who needs to stay due to weather will be accommodated. There are some [residence halls] that will be closing, some that will remain open. Those students in the residence halls that are closing but need to stay, just simply need to talk to their residence director and they will find rooms for them that will stay open,” Matt Hodson, media relations at University of Minnesota, said.
Keeping residence halls open for break isn’t normal operation for the school, but after weather reports indicated possible storms as early as last week, the staff created a plan.
Some resident assistants and staff agreed to stay — if weather conditions require — and work to help students who are forced to spend extra time in the residence halls.
A flight information screen displays canceled flights as a passenger talks on her phone at Midway airport in Chicago, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012.
Students in Illinois are having an especially hard time getting home after 474 flights at O’Hare were canceled and 146 at Chicago Midway.
University of Illinois offers housing over winter break for a fee of approximately $30 a day on a walk in basis, according to Kirsten Ruby, assistant director of University Housing at the school.
If students get stuck on campus they can choose to stay in the winter break housing. The rooms are recreational spaces during the academic year and are transformed over breaks, so students don’t have to worry about sleeping in someone else’s dorm room, according to Ruby.
For University of Wisconsin students, their late finals schedule had one benefit: the weather is expected to clear by the end of the weekend.
University housing officials don’t anticipate major problems with people being forced to stay, according to Brendon Dybdahl, director of marketing for university housing at University of Wisconsin.
As for the current storms, Dybdahl doesn’t feel students are too upset. He hasn’t heard any complaints, especially from students whose finals were canceled on Thursday due to weather conditions.
“I think the students are having a lot of fun with it, Wisconsin students and residents have gotten pretty accustomed to having one of these snowstorms every year,” Dybdahl said.
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