To the students at South Dakota State University, this week's heat wave is turning out to be too much for them to handle. It is an even bigger problem for the students who live in the older, non-air conditioned dorms.
The first two days of classes at SDSU have been anything but uneventful as everyone on campus is doing what they can to handle the heat.
"I knew it was going to be hot, but I didn't think it was going to be this bad," freshman Ethan Tolzin said.
Tolzin lives in Young Hall, one of the older dorms with no A/C in his room. His first few days as a Jackrabbit have been consumed by making strategies to stay cool.
"It's hard to lay in bed when it is this humid out, you just stick to your bed and stick to everything. It's just hard to sleep," Tolzin said.
So hard, in fact, that he spent his first night staying in someone else's room because his bed was unbearable. As for Tuesday, there is no relief at all.
Jared Ransom: If you had to guess, how hot is it up here?
Tolzin: 85 or so.
While Ethan is doing what he can to manage; his community advisor is trying to keep the floor calm.
"We've been trying to keep them hydrated, tell them to drink water, going to measures of if you really need to, move out," community advisor Martin Jackson-Ratliff said.
Martin also looks for his own way to stay cool.
"I just laid on the floor. Put my pillow down, opened my door wide open and just had the fans going, trying to get air circulation," Jackson-Ratliff said.
To avoid the heat on Monday night and to try to get some sleep, students actually left their rooms to come into the hallways, but even then the temperature was over 90 degrees and some are concerned about what might happen if this heat were to persist.
"Basically, it would just be people going home or not being in the halls at all," Jackson-Ratliff said.
For now, that is an acceptable option as students and staff alike try to make it through this heat wave.
The students that feel they cannot handle the heat are being offered hotel rooms if they need them. They are also allowed to stay in the community rooms and the student union until this heat wave is over.