Learning How to “Winter”

Gabriela Rodiles, Theta Omicron, Arizona State University
Gabriela Rodiles, Theta Omicron, Arizona State University

My dream for the past four years has been to move to New York City to pursue my passion of broadcast journalism. I was fortunate enough to intern at the Food Network last summer in NYC, however I did not have to endure the harsh winters and freezing temperatures. The summer heat was something I could handle coming from Phoenix, Arizona where it gets up to 120 degrees in July.

Traveling to the Midwest and East Coast over the past year has made me think twice about living in the winter weather. Last year around this time, I was thrilled to see snow at national headquarters during leadership consultant interview weekend, but did not realize what kind of gear I needed. Don’t be fooled by my expression, my feet felt like icicles in those flats. This time when I went back to our brand new NHQ (!!!) in January, I was just as excited when it started snowing, but bundled up about 10x more.


In my pursuit of living life in the Big Apple, I’ve pulled together a list of things I’ve learned from women about how to get through a snowy, cold winter.

  1. Layer, layer, layer your clothing.
  2. Pantyhose/nylons/tights are a must. Patterned ones are both warm and stylish.
  3. Fleece lined leggings exist and are wonderful.
  4. Jackets that go past your waist are made for a purpose–to keep your whole body warm.
  5. Always carry gloves. Cold fingers are painful.
  6. Hot coffee or tea function both as a caffeinated beverage and a warming device.
  7. Invest in behind-the-hair earmuffs that won’t ruin your hair.
  8. Switch from everyday socks to wool socks so your feet stay cozy.

Comment below with other winter tips I should learn or tweet me your suggestions at @GabrielaRodiles. In exchange for tips about winter, I am happy to share tricks for enduring summertime heat once the season comes around!


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