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Published: Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 3:26 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 4:19 p.m. CDT
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Harvard University sophomore Haley Adams of Princeton shares a photograph she took down Mount Auburn Street in Cambridge, Mass., the morning after last Friday's blizzard which dumped 2 feet of snow on her university campus and town.

PRINCETON — Last week’s blizzard along the East Coast provided one Princeton native with a welcomed chance to slow down a bit and relax.

Princeton High School graduate Haley Adams, now a sophomore at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., said the snow began last Friday and continued through much of Saturday. The university had been proactive about the approaching blizzard and had already announced on Thursday the school and classes would close down as of noon on Friday.

In a telephone interview on Tuesday, Adams said there was no snow on the ground when the blizzard started, but there was about 2 feet of snow by the time it ended. She had gone for an early morning run on Friday, attended a 10 a.m. class, and then headed back to her room on campus. The snow started about noon and just didn’t stop, she said.

Late Friday evening, Adams and some friends went outside to build a snowman and to go sliding down the snow-covered library steps, thanks to some cafeteria trays gotten from the dining room in her housing complex.

As it turned out, several staff members at Harvard had to stay on campus Friday night, with some sleeping on cots because there was no way for them to get home, Adams said. All the sidewalks and roads were covered, public transportation systems shut down.

On Saturday, Adams said she stayed in her pajamas until mid-afternoon and did a lot of studying. By Sunday afternoon, people were venturing outside again, going for runs and enjoying the snow. Classes resumed on Monday as usual.

Looking back on last week’s blizzard, Adams said there weren’t any big problems at Harvard, since the university didn’t lose its electricity. As long as people didn’t need to travel anywhere, things were OK.

“Actually, it was sort of nice,” Adams said. “The blizzard forced everyone to relax a bit, since we couldn’t get out to do other things, and to just enjoy having some quieter time.”

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