Parking in the dead of winter: the task is enough to keep you dreading the moment your alarm clock sounds, interrupting the serenity of your sleep. Sadly, you cannot hibernate. You must emerge from the warmth of your covers and face the bitter cold as a warrior. I have compiled a list of ideas to help keep warm trekking from the parking lot to UVU’s cozy halls.

Wear wool sweaters. Winter is officially for sweaters. Showcase your finest sweaters outside or down the stretch of the Hall of Flags. Collaborate with companions — wear ugly sweaters to turn heads. You could even schedule an ugly sweater day, meet in the library and go over sweater-related literature. Sip some hot cocoa. Play some bingo. You might start an ugly sweaters club.

Wear long johns. Thermal underwear is a worthy option for keeping warm. Layer these babies under your jeans. You will be a walking heater, withstanding the most cruel weather conditions. While the rest will cringe from the cold, you can enjoy your stroll through the maze of cars.

Grow a beard. Wearing a beard is a viable option for nearly half of our population. A beard could be viewed as comparable to a thick fur coat. Once one experiences the protection of a beard while trekking through the parking lot, they thank the stars that they do not attend a college where facial hair is prohibited.

Think, mind over matter. As you endure the blizzard conditions, reminisce on scalding morning showers. (If you don’t shower, that’s okay – try desert imagery. Hot, summer-time deserts.)

Drink a nice cup of joe. Whether you fancy coffee, tea or cocoa, as long as your cup is hot, there is “joe” to be had. And in theory, joe is all you need. Before you leave the door, it will cheer you to brew yourself and your roommates some joe. Or you could have some steaming chicken and stars soup for breakfast. Slip your mittens over your fingers, and walk with your hot cup out into the cold.

Cuddle. If you do not have a claim on a certain lady or gent, all the more for you to share. Break the ice and reach out to the cutie shivering beside you. Make a little Christmas warmth and a new friend. Best case scenario, you could be sitting pretty with a new sled buddy. Merry Christmas!