Affluent college-bound students face the real prospect of downward mobility. Feelings of entitlement clash with the awareness of imminent scarcity there is resentment at growing up at the end of an era of plenty coupled with reassessment of conventional measures of success.
One of my favorite things to do in the winter in the Twin Cities is to go see all the touristy stuff that everyone else goes to see in the summer, like the Horseman here. Cold weather usually keeps the crowds at bay but a lot of spots, like the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, are just as good, if not better in the winter.
Besides, if you get too cold, you can always warm up in to the Cowles Conservatory and check out a two-story glass fish designed by world famous architect, Frank Gehry.