Newsflash: it’s scorching hot outside.
Not that I needed to tell you that. I’m sure the sweat forming under your boobs as we speak sends that message loud and clear (and wet). I wouldn’t mind the heat so much outside (that’s what pools and beaches are for, right?) if my apartment weren’t also 10,000 degrees. It seems my air conditioning has taken a permanent vacay and the only way to stay cool is to watch TV in a bikini with a half-gallon of Edy’s between my legs.
I wonder what my neighbors think…
I feel like I’ve tried everything – including sitting in a cooler full of ice at my 4th of July BBQ – but nothing is working and I fear my organs are cooking inside of my body. That can’t be good for my liver, right? In order to find some relief, I turned to the CollegeCandy writers to find out what they do to keep cool on these sweltering days. Need some ideas to cool down? Read on:
Rachael – University of Miami: Air conditioning, smoothies, and (of course) any form of chocolate ice cream. Oh, and embracing the antics of my old floormates and ditching the shirt when I’m hanging out in my room; a bra and shorts are surprisingly comfortable, and a lot cooler than having a shirt sticking to your chest and back.
Kari – Florida State: I hit the gym! It’s freezing cold in there and when I leave, at least I can feel good about being sweaty…
Sarabeth – University of Texas: I have this reusable ice-stick thing that came with a water bottle I bought, but instead of using it as I should, I put it between my boobs. No one can tell and it feels amazing.
Meg – University of Delaware: I make coffee ice cubes and go for a drive. Am I the only one who never outgrew chewing on ice cubes? And there’s nothing better when it’s ten million degrees outside than hitting the highway, rolling down the windows and blasting some ’90s pop. Hanson and caffeine is the way to go.
Katie – Michigan State University: Get naked. Any free moment I have to take my clothes off, they are on the floor and I am laying prone wherever I fall.
Lauren – University of Michigan: 3 words – Crystal Light Slurpee. The medium is only 160 calories and it cools you down like nothing else. Plus, the a/c in 7-11 is always blasting.
Carly – Grinnell: I like to stick my head in the freezer for a few minutes. Don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it!
Caitlin – University of Alabama: I beat the heat by eating a pack of Fla-Vor-Ice ice pops a day. And walking around in my towel wrap until I have to go to work. Being naked cools you down; it’s a fact.
Katie T – Skidmore College: At night, I fill a bowl with ice and tap water and keep it in the fridge. I soak my bath towel in ice water and use that as my blanket. If it’s really hot, I sleep on the bathroom floor (cold tiles = necessary).
Emmy – Loyola University Chicago: I bring ice water with me everywhere. And I take a freezing cold shower like twice a day minimum… At least I’m really clean during the summer, I guess?
Alex – Lakehead: I usually lay in my freezing cold basement, wearing as little as possible, for as long as I can stand it. My body temperature plummets and stays cool for hours. Probably not the healthiest option though….
Nina – Michigan State University: Ice, ice, baby! Especially with my new found love for sweet tea, you really can’t go wrong. Mmmm.
Brithny – Duke: I open my freezer door and just bask in the cold sublimation oozing out. I also take out frozen veggie bags and rub them on my body.
Leah – Ryerson University: I work outside so when it gets really hot I eat a disgusting amount of freezies to stay cool!
Norah – Drake University: Slip ‘n slide! I just bought one for $5 at Target — now all I need is a hose.
Brittany – University of Saint Thomas: Since taking cold showers makes me uncomfortable while (momentarily) living at home, I prefer to cool off with a fruit pop and sprawling out like a starfish on the wooden kitchen floor. And then I eat another fruit pop. Oh, and I also justify frequent trips to Target to cool me off. It’s cold in there. . .
Christie – NC State: It turns REALLY hot in August in NC (you wouldn’t think it could get any hotter, and then that month hits and it feels like death). During football games my friends and I go the cheap route and ask the vendors for cups of ice, and then we just suck on ice the whole game.