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Fall season brings excitement, fresh new activities

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September 18, 2014

A somewhat wise snowman once said “Winter is a good time to stay in and cuddle but put me in summer and I’ll be a happy snow man!”

Summer has come and gone, and now we get to look ahead towards fall and winter. I do not know about the rest of you Falcons, but I am not a winter person. Most people are not unless they are extremely warm blooded or like winter activities. Basically, we are looking forward to months of almost winter, winter, and still winter.

Optimistically, this article is here to help. We are going to go over some things to look forward to in autumn!

First, we get to see a change of scenery. Instead of everything being green, the trees are an array of warm colors: red, orange, yellow, and brown. It is like the earth is saying goodbye to the sun by trying to mimic it.

Next, to all you sports fans, football starts getting serious. Preseason football starts in late summer and the playoffs are in the winter, but football is a fall sport. We get to cheer on our Falcons once again.

One of my personal favorite parts of fall are the movies. For many years, top blockbusters come out in late fall or early winter. This year we have “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” and the final “Hobbit” movie. Also, if you liked the first two, the third “Night at the Museum” is coming out.

And hey, school starts up again! This may not sound like something that we should look forward to, but it does have some benefits. We get to continue working towards our future, learning new things, and making connections. On another note, a lot of us work during the summer. Call college a mini vacation from working so hard: our just reward for slaving away at internships and minimum wage jobs. College is a good place. There’s a lot to do around campus. Which brings me to the next point: college activities.

One of the draws of college is the list of activities they can provide their students. The University of Wisconsin-River Fall’s latest attraction is the Year of… series. Last year was Year of Germany. This upcoming year is the Year of China. Considering China is a highly populous, large and ancient country. UW-River Falls is bound to have some fun things this year. For example, we have Chinese acrobats. How great is that?

Another thing to look forward to is the change of weather. Summer is the hot season, and with fall comes cooler temperatures. It is the season where clothing is up to interpretation. We can wear jeans or shorts with t-shirts or sweaters. Shoes with socks or just flip flops, depending on the person and their preferences. It is great. We wear what we want with a scarcely a “how are you wearing that?” comment.

For food enthusiasts, another great part of autumn is that it is harvest season. My personal favorite is the apple harvest but we also get corn, tomatoes and other delicious foods.

A final major advantage of fall is the beginning of the holiday season. In the next few months we have Halloween, Thanksgiving, various religious holidays and the start of a new year, and those are just the major American ones. If you want to get ahead on that holiday shopping, go ahead. Be impressive.

Summer may seem like the best thing ever, especially when we are younger. Sun, sand, no school, what’s not to like? The glories of summer shadow the wonderful parts of autumn. Fall has a lot going for it, so jump into a pile of leaves, drink some apple cider and watch a football game. We have four seasons; go enjoy them!

Rachel Molitor is a student at UW-River Falls.