In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy. William Blake
Blake would be right at home on campus during winter break. He’d likely get along with hibernating bears. He’d relish snowbound weekends.
Admittedly, it is very tempting to pull up the covers and nap through the darker, colder, slower days of January. But that’s probably more the privilege of your student body. We prefer the mindset of the more modern Paul Theroux:
Winter is a season of recovery and preparation.
Preparing as it relates to your campus can take many forms. Now is the ideal time to think of all the things that get daily use that you want to renovate or fix (student housing, a major pedestrian walk, parking) that can’t practically be done when students are on campus. Starting now and moving forward throughout the winter and early spring allows time to get design drawings complete and projects shovel-ready. It allows time to dig trees, avoiding summer heat, and affords lead time on items like lighting, cast stone, and furnishings. In reality, summer projects really need to be planned over the winter to really work. Seems Paul Theroux was the proverbial man after my own heart.