Fall is just around the corner and as we look forward to the socially dubbed “spooky season,” campus begins buzzing from many different points of excitement. Although students do not often partake in trick or treating or dressing up in costumes, seeing costumed children often melts even our cold, college-aged hearts. Many Northwestern residents agree that it’s hard to have just one thing to look forward to in the fall season.
“Gosh, I don’t know if I can pick just one thing,” sophomore Mandi Rist said. “It’s a beautiful time of the year. On top of that, as the season gets colder, people get closer. Surrounding ourselves around fires, on hayrides or at football games. Sure, we get to change our outfits; but what’s more than that, is the changing of the season. I look around campus and see how God has painted the trees in hues of oranges, reds and yellows. Reminding us that he is working in every season of life. Pumpkins, corn and apples are ready to be harvested as God always provides in a timely manner. Fall is a time of thanksgiving. Whether that’s on campus or at home, we get to gather around as brothers and sisters and give thanks. Thanking our Heavenly Father for every beautiful blessing that we don’t deserve.”
Using the term “beautiful,” the change in color seems to be a hot topic of interest among many NW students. The transition from lush green to a combination of orange, red and yellow as the season progresses is quite a sight to behold.
“I think the aesthetic matters a lot to me. Seeing the trees explode with color, listening to music that reminds me of fall, wearing different types of clothes, it all feels really great, Tyson Braunschweig claimed.
The transition from hot to warm and sometimes even cool weather is a personal favorite to some. Sweater weather often feels contagious, and people love how cozy they can be when the temperatures begin to consistently drop.
“I love it, it’s warm enough that I can break out my flannels; but cold enough that I don’t freeze. Fall is the best season. Jeans and flannels. Can’t beat that,” Hospers first floor Resident Assistant Lincoln Siebert stated.
“I like how the weather gets cooler so it’s nicer outside,” Aleah Rees said. “I also like how the leaves on the trees change colors. There are also just fun activities to do like carving and painting pumpkins, going to a pumpkin patch and going through a corn maze. Having the option to do things like that is what gets me excited for fall.”
Not everyone shares the same excitement surrounding the season, and there will always be the people who are not as big of fans of the transitional season who look into the future.
“It’s a good transition into winter, the best season!” Thomas “Fedora” Anderson noted.
Events are a big part of fall. The amount of activities that are fall exclusive just add to the excitement that comes with the enjoyment of the season. SAC is always looking for ways to enjoy the year and loves when season-specific opportunities present themselves.
SAC is offering students the opportunity to take a community trip to Vala’s Pumpkin Patch and Scary Acres on Saturday, Sept. 23. The first day of fall invites anyone wanting to celebrate the commencement of the season to hop in a vehicle and drive down to Omaha, NE to visit Vala’s Pumpkin Patch. After the pumpkin patch the group will go to Scary Acres Haunted House. Keep checking your campus email for more events coming this fall.