Just as the ice began melting and the cabin fever was reaching a fever pitch, it was time to return to the classroom for many Vol State students.
"I didn't realize how much I liked coming to school, because just being home for a few days made me feel like I was going to go crazy. I was ready to leave," said first-year student Maya Fox.
Like a lot of students, Fox — who lives in Hermitage — was anxiously checking her phone Wednesday afternoon, waiting to hear if the Gallatin campus was going to be closed for a fourth day in a row. Even with a short break during the first half of the week, Fox said it wasn't all Netflix and sleep for her.
"At first I was thinking I didn't have to do school because I didn't have school, but I ended up spending every day doing homework," she said.
While he didn't have to go to class Monday through Wednesday, Lebanon student David Erwin said he was busy keeping up with assignments during the wild winter weather. With ice, snow, and low temperatures all around, Erwin said he was surprised the campus was open, as the other Vol State locations remained closed.
"When I got here half of the parking lots were closed and all the sidewalks were still icy," he said.
Sharing his surprise was Blake Sharer, a student from Mt. Juliet.
"I was very surprised whenever we were leaving the neighborhood because it was still covered in ice, but we made it. It wasn't too bad," Sharer said. "I was kind of angry, because I saw that all the other colleges were closed on the news, and we get here and the sidewalks are all still covered in ice."
Even with ice still on the ground and unreasonably cold winds whipping through campus, both Sharer and Thomas said it was nice to get out of the house — even if it meant heading back to class.
"It's better than sitting inside watching more snow come down and just freeze. I hope we don't get more. I don't want to just sit at home," he said.
Vol State's main campus will be open from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 20. No classes ore offices will be open past 12:30 p.m. Highland Crest, McGavock, Livingston, and Wilson Central locations will be closed entirely. For up-to-date information on closures, keep an eye on Vol State's webpage and Facebook.