You’ve finally got everything moved in to your residence hall for the academic year. The stress of moving your life into one cardboard-box-of-a room is over.
That is until you feel the sweat on your neck, and you suddenly realize that your room has no air conditioning! How will you keep cool in the early, still-summer months of school?
Luckily, you’re a crafty college student, and there are ways to beat the heat without transferring to Tundra University.
1. Take your homework and laptop to air-conditioned areas around campus. Chances are, at least one building on campus (typically the student union or campus center) will have AC of some sort. Just make sure you get there early before other students get the idea.
2. Hang a wet sheet in front of your dorm window. When a breeze blows, the air coming through the sheet will be cooler by the time it gets to you.
3. Invest in a heavy-duty fan. There are fans that specialize in being quiet, others that are bladeless. Pick one that you and your roommate can agree on, and find a good spot in your room.
4. Leave your windows open at night. But not if you are on the first floor of a residence hall! You don’t want any peeping Toms coming in!
5. Make your own air conditioner! Put a metal bowl of ice behind a fan and then sit in front of this cool (literally) contraption. If you’ve got some time (which you probably won’t, as a college student), you could build your own air conditioner, too!
6. Get a spray bottle with ice water. As you spray your body, just be careful not to ruin that paper you have due!
7. Eat spicy food. As it turns out, spicy food causes perspiration which cools you down. Go figure!
8. Explore your residence hall and find the coolest place. Typically, the bottom floor will be the most comfortable. This is a good way to keep cool as well as meet new people.
Remember to stay hydrated and drink water consistently throughout the day in order to stay cool. Not only is it healthy, but also the best part is that it’s free (perfect for the college budget).