Winter Productivity on the Stony Brook campus.

Even though the temperature(s) outside have students hiding out from the cold, the freezing temperatures do not necessarily mean greater productivity.

Although Stony Brook University junior Sarah Aboura tries to stay inside because the weather is “really bad”, she is actually lazier in the winter in comparison to other seasons.

“I feel like I get lazier,” Aboura said, “when the weather’s nice I get more energetic but when it’s rainy or snowing I prefer staying inside and doing nothing.”

Aboura’s friend, Mark Faerchuk, a Stony Brook junior,  is the complete opposite.  Faerchuk, loves winter.

Mark Faerchuk and Sarah Aboura, Stony Brook University students.
Mark Faerchuk and Sarah Aboura, Stony Brook University students.

“I love the mornings during the winter.” Faerchuk said. “The smell of the snow and the sunrises, it’s so beautiful. I have more incentive to wake up early.”

Despite his unabashed love of winter, Faerchuk keeps it warm and toasty at home.  The heater in his room is set to 72 degrees and he says that when he is not in class he is at home, snuggling–with his teddy bear.

When he is not snuggling with his teddy bear at home in the West Apartments, Faerchuk is at his most productive.  In fact, Faerchuk believes he is more productive during the winter than at any other time during the year.

Productivity is not an issue for post-bac Michelle Park.  Park who was hiding out from the cold in the Charles B. Wang Center’s atrium with her friend Sarah Chung, combats the frigid temperatures by wearing a lot of layered clothes, socks, scarves and hats said the cold temperatures doesn’t affect [her productivity.]

Michelle Park and Sarah Chung.
Michelle Park and Sarah Chung, in the Charles B. Wang Center’s atrium.
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