Rain in sunny California brings out a variety of emotions in different people, ranging from sheer excitement to pure annoyance. As you clutch an umbrella in your hand and walk through Sather Gate, it’s entertaining to observe how every person has a unique response to sudden downpours and gloomy weather. Here’s the Clog’s power ranking of the different reactions to rain in Berkeley.
The “mmm” *hits snooze button*
This person is tired from midterm season, and rightfully so. The past few weeks have been pretty rough. As they see the rain through their window, they’ll gladly breathe a sigh of relief, hit the snooze button and go right back to sleep. They’ll probably wake up a few hours later to get a late breakfast, then return to their bed to catch up on assignments or binge some Netflix shows.
The “f— it”
Unfazed and unbothered, the name says it all: f*ck it. This person has no time to go back to their dorm or apartment to grab their rain essentials because they still have to power through a playlist of lectures. We all wish we had the same determination as them because while most of us are using this rainy season as an excuse to stay in, they’re grinding at a library.
The “come dance with me!”
This is your stereotypical, straight-out-of-a-movie reaction. When this person sees the rain, they’ll grab their friend or the person closest to them and dance or play in the rain. This is honestly the lighthearted, fun-loving version of the “f*ck it” reaction, and we admire their commitment to enjoyment despite the fact that they’re soaking wet.
The “let me get my brand new coat”
This person probably bought a whole wardrobe just for the rainy season in college. Chances are they also have a Pinterest board with go-to outfits planned out. We want to be as fashion-forward as them, but it’s hard to resist the temptation to just show up in sweatpants. They will definitely stand out in their trendy coat and boots and as they strut around campus.
The “digging through bag for my umbrella or jacket”
This is the classic, knee-jerk reaction to the rain: “Let me dig through my bag for my umbrella or jacket.” This person looked at the weather forecast for the week, so they came prepared, but still hoped it wouldn’t actually rain. They would probably carry on with their day, but also keep wishing the sun would show again.
The “digging through bag for my umbrella or jacket” 2.0
Like the original version, this person also looked at the weather forecast for the week. The big catch is they actually forgot to pack their rain essentials in their bag. It happens to everyone, but being in this position sucks because there are only two options: continue on in the rain or sprint back to your place.
No matter your reaction, we can all agree that we don’t experience this type of rainy weather too often in Berkeley. The next time it rains, try to see which type of reaction best encapsulates yours. That being said, we at the Clog hope all Bears stay safe and dry!