College dorms across the land have reawakened this weekend with the start of the new academic year. Student life is back. Textbooks bought. Tiny fridges restocked. A mighty, susurrant tidal wave of empty pizza boxes and Chinese takeout containers rolls from the University of Maine to Pepperdine.
Avery Palardy, a junior at the University of Rochester, already was back at school last week, fast-forwarding her studies and ensconced in her cozy campus housing not too far from the Genesee River. She’ll resume formal classes this week, return to workouts with the school’s swim team later in the month, then in early November trade in all her college comforts for an airplane ticket and tent space on the giant block of ice that is the Taylor Glacier in Antarctica.