Mary Claire: South Bend, Ind., is infamous for its extreme weather ... both the fantastic and the not so fantastic. It might be foggy and cold in the morning and gloriously sunny in the afternoon. It has been a really interesting winter in that there hasn’t been much of one. I’m not complaining, though. Our apartment is about an 8-10 minute walk from Mendoza. It's about as convenient as it gets. The apartment complex is part of a new development across the street from campus called Eddy Street Commons, which is filled with a number of restaurants, a couple of bars, some clothing stores, a hair salon, a bank, and a few other spots. It's easy and convenient for Laura, our roommate Adrianna, and me to run down to grab dinner or a drink with our classmates and friends.