Sperry Top-Siders. Sundresses. Tanning on the HUB lawn. Goodbye frackets (and being productive), spring has finally arrived in Happy Valley (well, at least in a world where 72 degrees is considered balmy weather). I’ll take it.
In central Pennsylvania where — if we’re lucky — five months out of the year include nice weather (and by nice weather I mean not snow), leave it to Penn State students to figure out how to enjoy every minute of it. Maybe it’s just me, but as soon as it jumps above 50 degrees here, Happy Valley just seems to get a whole lot happier.
When spring weather finally arrives, there’s really no better feeling than walking down College Avenue and seeing 40,000 of your closest friends elated to be out and about (not to be confused with winter in State College when people tend to just look super cold … and kind of angry). Whether it’s playing Frisbee on the HUB Lawn or tanning on Pollock Commons with your fave beach read, there’s just nothing like catching spring fever in the happiest of valleys.
It may only be March, but I think we can all agree that it’s time to break out your favorite pair of denim shorts, buy excessive amounts of strawberry lemonade at Irving’s and blast “Call Me Maybe” on repeat loud enough for the entire campus to hear at ALL hours of the day (…please tell me that’s not just me).
Honestly, there’s nothing quite like springtime at Penn State. It means Starbucks iced coffees every morning (see #498), lunch with your best friends on the HUB patio and the perfect excuse to skip your afternoon classes take the long way to class. October through February may be completely brutal, but this time of year 100 percent makes up for it.
It’s finally spring in State College, and I’m loving every second of it.
Photo by Jill Podhor