10 Tips for Purdue Students during the Winter Months

10960527_1053783377980516_1827287570131289780_oWe all know college in the winter time can be full of struggles. Trying not to freeze to death walking in the below freezing temperatures, falling on the icy sidewalks, and trying to get a spot on the jammed packed city bus are only some of the daily winter struggles. If you’re not used to Indiana winters, this list could come in very handy for you. I came up with 10 tips that will help you have a happier, stress free, and warmer winter.

1. Set earlier alarm(s)

Let’s be honest, in the winter it’s much harder to get out of bed. You’re almost certain to push snooze on the first (and maybe second alarm). This can potentially make you late for class and/or be in an extreme panic filled hurry. So set your alarms earlier and set a few extra just in case. This will give you wiggle room to move slow and take your time getting out of your warm and cozy bed. If you’re a super overachiever and manage to get up early enough, you can hit the gym first thing in the morning. That will be sure to warm you up.

2. Get the City Bus app

City Bus offers a free bus tracking app where you can see exactly where your desired bus is at on campus. With the app, you can wait for the bus inside a building on campus until you absolutely must go outside.

3. Use the underground tunnels

Did you know Purdue is full of underground tunnels. Stay warm as you navigate from class to class using these special tunnels!

4. Who cares how you look, dress warm. 

Okay, some winter gloves aren’t cute, but neither is having ice cold hands. Wear thick socks and plenty of layers.

5. Put your phone in your bag during your walk to class.

Do you really need your phone while you walk from Mechanical Engineering to Class of 1950? Keep your hands in your pockets or throw on some warm gloves while you walk. There’s really nothing worse than showing up with hands so numb you can’t even write your name on your quiz.

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Greyhouse is going to be your best friend in the winter time. Waking up a few minutes early to get your morning coffee is totally worth it. Not only does it keep you awake, but your coffee is a great hand warmer for the walk to class!

7. Have chap stick ready at all times!

Don’t forget your chap stick! Buy a value pack of chap sticks and keep a stick in your book bag and in every coat pocket you can. There’s nothing worse than chapped lips in the winter.

8. Don’t Forget your tissues.. 

Nothing is more embarrassing that a runny nose with no option other than wiping your snot on your brand new $280 Michael Kors Parka. Grab some mini packets of tissues to keep right next to your chap stick.

belltowerstudents9. Always have a walking buddy

Walking from class to class in the ice cold can be a bit unbearable, but it’s not AS bad if you have a walking buddy to chat with on the way. This is also a great way to make friends while keeping your mind off of the fact that you can’t feel your face.

10. Avoid studying at home

It’s winter time, you’re cold and tired. Your bed is the worst study spot during these Indiana winter months as you will probably fall asleep! Study at the Union or Hicks instead. You’ll be more motivated, focused, and able to stay awake which makes it much more likely to be productive.

Being a college student on a large campus in the winter isn’t always easy. These easy tips can help make your winter that much easier. Don’t worry, spring break will be here before we know it! Boiler Up!

Emily, Purdue University Student and Visitor Information Specialist, shares this blog.

NCAA Final 4 at Lafayette Brewing Co.

Lafayette Brewing Company- OutsideHappening Now!  Right now the locals are talking about Lafayette Brewing Company, where diners can drink world-class, brewed ale while sitting back and watching their favorite teams compete.

The NCAA Final 4 competition is taking place this weekend and fans are ready to cheer and holler as 4 teams fiercely battle to take home the 2014 NCAA Tournament trophy.  We are all ready to see who wins and how well each of us does in our personal bracket competition. Four years ago, (and you may think I am crazy, my husband thought I was), I choose Butler versus Purdue as my final 2 teams.  I am an Indiana girl, through and through, and I always choose Indiana teams.  Sadly, Purdue did not make it to the final round, but Butler did!  And I got 2nd place out of 30 competitors!  I can always count on my Hoosier state basketball!

This year, sadly no Indiana teams are in the competition, but we are still excited to watch this annual event.  Lafayette Brewing Company is the perfect place, not only to watch, but also to eat delicious food and drink fresh handcrafted ales brewed in the Old World tradition. Their ales are produced from only the finest malted barley, generous amounts of fresh hops, water and specially selected ale yeasts. They complement their menu that encompasses pub food at its best.  From their Bavarian beer nuggets, cheddar ale soup (a house specialty), Armenian chicken pita, bison burger (made from Indiana-raised, grass-fed, organic American bison), there is not a pub selection to be missed.

SONY DSCAs my husband would say, “Beer in hand, burger in the other, and college basketball on a big flat screen TV, how could life be any better!”  Lafayette Brewing Company is the place where life is at its best.  The atmosphere is fun and laid back.  The servers are friendly and upbeat.  I recommend going here for more than just sporting events.  They have great musical artists and comics that perform all year long, along with pool tables, foosball and darts.

Whether you are looking for delicious dining, interesting attractions and shops, enticing events or home away from home lodging—a getaway to Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, is sure to satisfy.  For more information about this restaurant and others in the area, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Surviving Purdue Winters!

Winter Bell Tower – Purdue University

Surviving Purdue Winters by Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette’s intern Lauren:

It’s now January and Purdue students on campus are all curled up in their apartments or dorms back from a long holiday break. I’m sure they are dreading that walk to class and are wishing it could be warm again.  Everyone knows winters can be dark and dreary. However, once it snows, Purdue’s campus turns into a magical place. Watch out lunch ladies, you will be missing some of your lunch trays as students gather at Slayter Hill for sledding. If you aren’t a student and haven’t been over to campus after a snowfall, put this on your West Lafayette bucket list. It’s truly a hilarious sight to see as students put their creative talents to work. Some obviously go the old fashioned way with a lunch tray, but others in the past have made wooden sleds, used mattresses, and even went down on an old reclining chair attached to a wood base. Anything and everything has been seen on this campus hill. It’s crazy what measures students take to have a fun time but, it is a great way to get away from studying.

While on campus, warm up in one of the many coffee shops.  Students gather at Starbucks, Lavazza, Greyhouse, Undergrounds, Oasis, Vienna (who has some of the best Chai in town) and Café Royal not just to warm up, but to also fulfill that coffee need almost every student has. I’m looking forward to our first big snowfall and a deliciously warm cup of favored coffee.

Scotty’s Brewhouse

Mo'Fo Cluck Lite with Mac n' Cheese!

2 Great Cities, 1 Great University “Midwest Hospitality”.  To experience “Midwest Hospitality” at its finest, visit Scotty’s Brewhouse for not only fabulous service, but delicious bar food!

Scotty’s Brewhouse holds many special memories in my heart.  I am a graduate of Ball State University, and Scotty’s original restaurant first opened in Muncie, Indiana.  This restaurant/bar was where I met up with friends to hang out, had my first beer, and would take my parents to dine when they visited.  My favorite memory is meeting up with my sister (who is 3 years older and was a senior when I was a freshman) and her friends and listening to their college tales of fun!  Scotty’s is so laid back and relaxing that this location holds the perfect combination of good food and atmosphere to make the night a fun one.

When I moved to the Lafayette-West Lafayette area a few years ago, I was so excited West Lafayette claims its own Scotty’s Brewhouse!  I would almost say it is becoming an Indiana classic restaurant, where all the great cities in our state can now boast they have one.  I believe the reason they have expanded throughout the state is not only because they have good food, but when you visit this place, you always know you are going to have friendly, Indiana hospitality and service.

Their menu encompasses everything from burgers (made a million different ways!) to salads to wonderful homemade soups.  A family favorite of ours is their dill chips.  It is the first thing we order every visit.  They have a mo’fo sauce (their signature sauce) they add to many menu options and it adds a kick to the meal that is wonderful.  My husband and I go through stages where we will eat something again and again until we can’t eat it for a year.  At this time Buffalo chicken wraps are our craving and the Mo’Fo Buffalo Chicken Wrap from Scotty’s is amazing!

Living in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, one thing we value is customer service and appreciating the times we receive great customer care.  Midwest Hospitality is Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.  We are  proud of our local restaurants that provide gracious and friendly service. For more information about this restaurants and others in the area, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Pappy’s, The Original Sweet Shop

2 Great Cities, 1 Great University “College Town Hospitality”.  To experience “College Town Hospitality” at its finest visit Pappy’s, The Original Sweet Shop in West Lafayette, Indiana, where visitors can not only eat delicious burgers and shakes, but feel part of the college culture.

College towns; there is something so special and vibrant about a college community.  It brings together students, locals, business owners, alumni and more to celebrate a local school where students become adults.  West Lafayette, Indiana, is home to Purdue University, an institution with over 120 years of teaching and empowering students to become anything they want to become.  With this pride, our community is youthful, friendly and welcoming to all.

Pappy’s Sweet Shop is a dining establishment located within the prestigious Purdue Memorial Union.   Since 1927, this restaurant has been a favorite of Purdue students.  It has been a place where students and visitors can gather and eat classic diner food, while discussing everything from literature, engineering, to the previous night’s Purdue basketball game.  It welcomes the diverse group of students and guests entering its establishment.

The Wall of Fame Burger is an eating competition that takes place at Pappy’s.  If diners can take down this monstrous burger, they can have their photo taken to show off their eating skills.  My husband has taken on this competition.   He, unfortunately, was not successful, but he shared that there was a sense of student pride in competing and it is like a “rite of passage” for students to compete.  Personally, I will stick with ordering their Nathan’s hotdog, loaded cheesy fries and homemade chocolate shake (made with the original Purdue Creamery recipe)!

Living in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, one thing we value is a sense of pride in our community.  “College Town Hospitality” is Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.  For more information about this business and other fun activities in the area, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com