One of the first things the graduate advisor told me 2 years ago during orientation was that it was going to be hot in Baton Rouge. And the best way to stay cool walking around campus was to find routes that involved the most shade, even if it involved a longer route.

He was completely right. Walking from the school of music to the library doesn’t take longer than 5 minutes. But within those 5 minutes on a normal, I’ll have sweat more than I do at the gym.

I’ve figured out several routes that involve walking through administrative buildings that I would otherwise have no business being in and hugging building walls with large overhangs to avoid heat stroke. I swear, my next school wil have much cooler climate.