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10 Worst Things About Fall at Penn State

Yes, you read that correctly. Call me cynical, but I think autumn is overhyped. I’ll admit, I was excited when fall finally rolled around, but after Instagramming the first pretty tree I came across on campus and jumping in a pile of leaves, I’m pretty much over it.

Last week, we told you about the “10 Best Things About Fall at Penn State.” This week, we bring you the 10 worst things about the season.

1. The Weather

Fall weather in State College is so unpredictable. One day it’ll be gorgeous out and sunny; the next day, it’ll be absolutely freezing. If the past two days are any indication of what the rest of the season will be like, count me out.

2. Losing Jackets

Jackets are a must for a night out at a bar or party once the weather cools down, but that doesn’t always mean they make it home — and not everyone is lucky enough to have a fracket at their disposal. Maybe we can run for warmth, instead?

3. Pumpkin Spice Lattes

Sure, Pumpkin Spice Lattes are delicious… in moderation. The second they hit the Starbucks menu, every girl on campus starts tweeting about them, carrying them around and accessorizing with them like they’re a new Michael Kors clutch, bringing them up on conversation — and it doesn’t stop. Please stop.

4. Wet Leaves

You’re walking to class minding your own business, just trying to avoid all of the bikes whizzing by — and next thing you know, you slip on a patch of wet leaves. You’re flat on your back as a passing crowd looks on and laughs. Damn it, leaves.

5. UGGs

I think we need to come to a collective decision that UGGs are not in style anymore. Especially the furry kind, or the ones covered in sequins. You don’t look good while wearing them, sorry — besides, their traction-less soles definitely don’t help when it comes to walking over those wet leaves.

6. No More Outdoor Drinking

The days of the Cafe patio are over. And for those of you under the legal drinking age, fall means no more daylongs. Until the spring…

7. Chapped Lips

Autumn and wind go hand-in-hand.  Sorry to break the news, but your lips are doomed to a season of perpetual chapped-ness.

8. We’re Too Old to Trick-or-Treat

As sad as this is to type, we can’t hide from the facts: trick-or-treating in college is just creepy. I guess if you really wanted to you could go knocking on frat house doors in your costume, holding out a bag and asking for candy, but I definitely wouldn’t suggest it.

9. Packed Blue and White Loops

You might as well pack your jacket, umbrella, and warmest rain boots, because there is no way you’re making it onto a Blue or White Loop. And if you’re lucky enough to slip in between the doors, you’ll probably be sandwiched by a few people who didn’t shower that morning.

10. Spring Forward, Fall Back

Daylight Savings!? I’m all for getting an extra hour of sleep. As college students, we know that every second of slumber is precious. The downside, though, is we have one less hour of sunlight. Enjoy hibernation, State College.

About the Author

Becca Erdman

Becca is a senior majoring in Public Relations with a minor in Sociology


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