12 Reasons to Wake Up Before September Ends

IMG_3900Why does everyone insist that September sucks? We blame it on Green Day. “Summer has come and past, the innocent can never last, wake me up when September ends…”

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.

12. Homecoming

There’s nothing better than the influx of alumni on football weekends, and homecoming is the ultimate celebration.

Photo by Shuyao Chen

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