Seriously, how depressing.
Excuse us, Green Day, but there are plenty of reasons to love September – especially in Happy Valley.
1. The start of a new school year
We agree that classes are not exactly the best incentive to get up in the morning, but the start of a new year in the happiest of valleys is definitely something to smile about.
2. Pumpkin Spice Lattés
Is this even necessary to list? At this point, the PSL is a September staple.
3. Penn State football
Penn State football games give us enough adrenaline to keep us wide-awake for the entire month. With Franklin on the field, this season certainly will not be an exception.
4. Leaves change colors
So. Many. Instagrams. Ten points to the girl with the best filter/caption combo.
5. Leggings make a comeback
Oh, how we have missed you, you sad excuse for pants.
6. Mt. Nittany hikes
Now is the time to cross “Hike Mt. Nittany” off your PSU bucket list.
7. Sweater weather – kind of.
Dressing for class is a lot easier when you can throw on a comfy sweater and feel like you never got out of bed. But beware: September’s cold mornings can trick you. By 1 p.m., you’ll probably be sweating.
8. Pumpkin Bread
Pumpkin anything for that matter. P.S. – Starbucks has the best.
9. Wearing black instead of white
Sorry ladies, no white after Labor Day. Black becomes the new white – and we kind of love that.
10. The State College Farmer’s Market
Fresh flowers, baked goods and veggies, oh my! Catch the Farmer’s Market every Tuesday and Friday from 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. on Locust Lane.
11. Sorority Recruitment
It’s a show. In need of a little entertainment? Head to Old Main lawn to watch the tears flow on Bid Day or camp out in Redifer to immerse yourself in the drama.
There’s nothing better than the influx of alumni on football weekends, and homecoming is the ultimate celebration.
Photo by Shuyao Chen