Four Ways to Keep Cool at School this Summer

(Braden Klassen)

If you’re stuck commuting to KPU this summer, I’m so sorry.

All jokes aside, you better be prepared to endure the heat wave that will accompany you to campus over the next few months. This summer is expected to be one of the hottest ones on record, so here are just a few ways to help you beat the heat during the sweltering summer semester.

Watch a chill movie. When it’s 30 degrees outside and you’re itching to escape the hot weather, why not put on a movie that’ll make you feel cool? When I went to see The Finest Hours in theatres, I actually felt really chilled just looking at the high waves of water rushing past the small boat on screen.

Okay, the air-conditioned room was probably a factor, but that’s not my point. If you put on a movie that shows snow, ice, or some sort of crazy winter storm it’ll ease your mind Heck, you might as well watch Titanic. Just remember to keep some tissues with you for when Rose lets go of Jack.

Be wise with your wardrobe. At risk of sounding like my mom, the best type of material to wear on a warm day is cotton. You can never go wrong with wearing cotton clothing because it allows your skin to breath. The polyester dress looks prettier, but cotton is the better option for beating the heat. Not feeling the 100 per cent cotton idea? Wear a romper. Boom, problem solved.

Relax by the Surrey Main water fountain. We can’t all be lounging beachside in an all-inclusive resort, but there’s always the fountain in front of Surrey Main. Throughout the five and a half years I attended KPU, I’ve never tried dipping my feet into the fountain. I’ll leave that task for you, but attempt it at your own risk.

Freeze your water before you commute. Whether you’ll be taking transit or driving your own car to campus, you should keep yourself hydrated in the heat. The best way to do that is to drink a lot of water.

However, when you take water with you on the go, it can get warm. To avoid that, fill it up and leave it in the freezer for a bit before you go to class.

When I went to Disneyland a few years ago, my mom froze our water bottles to keep them cold. We got weird looks, but we were one step ahead of those judgemental park-goers by keeping ourselves hydrated. You may end up finishing the water before your class even starts, but at least you’ll still have one ice-cold bottle on hand.  

Whatever you do to keep yourself cool on campus, may the odds be ever in your favour.


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