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13 Ways The Struggle Gets Real For Montreal University Students In November

There's a reason why November is called NO-vember.
13 Ways The Struggle Gets Real For Montreal University Students In November

Photo cred - Concordia University

Ah, November. For Monterea-ers, the time of pumpkin spice and frolicking in parks with casual whimsy is over. There's no time for that shit now - November's here and with it, you get a cold, frosty punch of reality and a growing pile of schoolwork.

While you thought people in Siberia, or, maybe, god forbid, the plebs in Scandinavia have it tough living right next to the Arctic, you haven't recognized our plight: the surely worse-off Montreal university student

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Photo cred - Irene Kane

The city is fun in the summer and gorgeous in the fall after all the trees have changed colour.  Too bad that by November, all the leaves have fallen off the trees, he streets just look bare. and grey.

The sun goes down at 4:30 P.M, leaving you with no desire to be productive.

"If it looks like it's 9:30 outside, that means it's basically break-time, right?"

The sun technically rises at 7 A.M., but it's still so dark and cold outside that morning classes are impossible. 

Studies show that you absorb information better with more sleep, so you're really doing yourself a favour when you turn off your alarm and crawl back under the covers.

Final exams loom uncomfortably on the horizon.

You should start reviewing your material now to avoid a final exam meltdown.

(No one is going to start reviewing their material now to avoid a final exam meltdown)

The Montreal climate makes your skin look terrible.

Now that the heating's on, your face and hands feel dry all the time. As the nights get longer and longer, the lack of sleep makes your complexion look really sallow. For some people, the change in the weather irritates their skin so much it triggers an acne outbreak. Long nights, the lack of sunlight, and academic stress make you look like you're constantly recovering from the flu.

You might actually be constantly recovering from the flu.

One person coughs during a lecture and it might as well be that airplane scene from World War Z. Except you can't headshot the sick people.

American Thanksgiving.

Your family in the States has a break when you don't. Your friends there are relaxing when you're studying.

If you're Canadian, you have to endure Americans constantly talking about turkey and pie and their weekend plans for a holiday that was over a month ago, and you don't Thanksgive a fuck at all.

So many people have birthdays this month, and you're running out of energy to celebrate all of them.

If it's your birthday this month, happy birthday. If it doesn't, then join me in my "Goddamn it, Valentine's Day" complaining.

Seasonal Affective Disorder strikes.

Some people get clinically depressed from the lack of sunlight. This is depressing in itself.

It gets too cold to lounge outside.

Not just for sitting outside on the campus grounds with your friends, but also for hanging out on Mont-Royal, or relaxing outside on a terrasse, or anything that has to do with the outside world.

Newcomers to Montreal start asking everyone for advice.

"Are these boots warm enough? Do you really need scarfs? Can I just wear this windbreaker, but with a sweater underneath? How many sweaters do I need?"

No, yes, HELL NO, and all the sweaters. So many sweaters.

In this city, it feels like everyone's fashion game is a step ahead of yours.

How can you even think about layering when the sun refuses to come out for an entire day?


This is the upcoming November weather forecast for Montreal.

Clouds, more clouds, "Considerable cloudiness", and cold.

If you’re also a weirdo about Montreal culture and humour, find Sijia on Twitter (@chuffystilton) or on her tumblr.

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