Cuffing Season is Real and Upon Us

Photo by Alex Webster

Everyone is finally settled back on campus, getting acclimated to new classes, schedules, and clubs, ready to take on the new semester. The only thing that would complete a solid return to school for anyone would be having someone by their side—a boyfriend or girlfriend. Valley knows it, and so do you, that this means it is officially cuffing season.

Once the weather turns cooler, leaves change, and football season is in full swing, it’s a sign that cuffing season has arrived. What is cuffing season, you ask? Well, it is the time of year in which people instantly get in relationships once the semester starts. They figure it’s the perfect opportunity to DTR—define the relationship—with their significant other from the previous year. What better way, or time, to do it than at the beginning of the school year.

This cuffing season tends to last until the beginning of winter, at least. Once the end of the semester rolls around, mostly everyone has entered into a relationship with someone, preparing themselves to take on the rest of the year with them. Some may question if this season is real or not, but you can’t help but notice the amount of people holding hands on campus, restaurants becoming more packed with couples out to dinner or the date parties that are attended by people who are actually dating.

Why is cuffing season only limited to a certain amount of time, though? It is often believed that the colder weather leads to relationships because of the prolonged amount of time that is spent inside. The fall and winter also provide numerous couple-like activities because of Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. In the fall, it is no surprise that hayrides, haunted houses, corn mazes, and festivals are filled with couples, checking those activities off their list of things to do while together. When winter rolls around, cities tend to be packed for musicals, light shows, Christmas tree lightings, or just sitting in cafés trying different types of hot chocolate. Couples will do anything to fulfill the “couple goals” stereotype, and what better way to do that than during peak cuffing season.

Once cuffing season ends, the number of couples that have formed are nearly double the amount than what it was before the fall. Those who remain uncuffed have nothing to worry about, though, because the season will come back before they know it.