Int’l students adjust to Kansas weather
AJ Thurman | Collegio Reporter
Students at PSU know how crazy the weather can be. One day temperatures are in the 6os, the next they are in the 30s.
However, most international students are unaccustomed to such fluctuations. Carolinne Dan
tas, who is from Natal, Brazil, says her hometown is in the northern part of Brazil where the weather stays balmy all year round.
Dantas says she knew the winters in the Midwest get fairly cold, but she still wasn’t prepared.
“I was pretty sure it wouldn’t get this bad,” said Dantas, senior in communication. “Guess I was wrong, and it’s not even snowing yet.”
Yazeed Aldhwayan, international student from Saudi Arabia, says he picked Pitt State because of the weather.
“I googled Pittsburg before coming,” said Aldhwayan, sophomore in management and marketing. “I was hoping for a place where you would get snow.”
Aldhwayan says he is from the coastal area of Saudi Arabia, which isn’t as hot as the rest of the country. He says he heard the weather back home has been cooler than usual this year.
Even though she knew of the impending winter, Dantas says she didn’t really bring cold-weather clothes.
“I didn’t prepare at all, actually,” she said. “I was supposed to arrive in August when it’s really hot. I just put in my suitcase two coats because in my country winter clothes are really expensive.”
Dantas says the weather in Natal in December is hot and sunny, as it is all year. In December, it normally ranges from 79 to 84 degrees Fahrenheit.
She says she won’t need all of her winter clothes once she returns to Brazil.
“I’ll donate some of my clothes,” Dantas said. “I’ll probably sell some of them, too.”
She says she had a scary experience one afternoon because she wasn’t used to the cold yet.
“I was riding my bike, and I couldn’t breathe because it was so cold,” she said.
The temperature that day was 28 degrees and Dantas says she passed out as soon as she got home.
“I’m worried that if I can’t handle 28 degree weather, how will I possibly handle it when it gets into the negative,” she said.
Another international student becoming accustomed to the weather is Karen Chen, who says they main difference between here and her hometown is the humidity.
“The humidity is way higher in Taiwan than in Pitt,” said Chen, sophomore in fashion merchandising. “You can really sweat a lot more over the summer and feel cold as well in the winter.”
Chen says she has a lot of winter clothes to take back to Taipei. She says even though it doesn’t get nearly as cold in Taiwan, her heavy clothes will still be useful.
Chen says she’s seen snow before, but it wasn’t exactly the real thing.
“I have seen some fake snow made by people in Taiwan,” Chen said. “Seeing real snow in Pitt will be a new experience for me.”
Dantas has never seen real snow before, like Chen, but she isn’t enthusiastic about experiencing it.
“I have to confess that I am not excited to see snow,” Dantas said
Aldhwayan says he likes the cold, but this year isn’t as cold as it could be.
“This year is not cold at all,” he said. “I’m disappointed. I want a real winter.”