You'd think Dylan Miller would have looked forward to spring, considering he spent his senior year of college living off-campus — WAY off campus — in a sturdy but rudimentary shelter he built in the woods.

But he says he didn't mind eating, studying and sleeping in winter's chill.

Miller's a philosophy and English major at central Pennsylvania's Juniata College. He decided to live like Henry David Thoreau for his senior research project on simple living. So he built a 17-by-17 hut from fallen timber, using leaves as insulation and a tarp for a roof.

He says he's become more patient and learned to live with less.

The hut won't be his home for much longer. Miller plans to tear it down when he graduates next month.