For The October Lovers
As today marks the first day of October, we say goodbye to the summer here in Champaign-Urbana. But that’s not a bad thing. It’s actually a great thing here at Illinois.
If you talk to any Illinois student and ask them what their favorite time of year is here at Illinois, they will unanimously say “fall.” They say this for a few reasons. For one, nothing is prettier than the Main Quad during this time. The Main Quad’s trees turn to these amazing red, orange, and yellow colors. If you have gotten application brochures from this university, you have probably seen pictures.
Fall at Illinois is the perfect opportunity to appreciate how beautiful the campus is and take advantage of the Quad before it snows. I recommend a couple of afternoons a week on a nicer day to bring out your homework to the Quad with some friends. The Quad is also a great place to people watch, which can always be entertaining. I certainly like watching students who tightrope in between two trees. It’s actually pretty impressive because they’re very good at it and I’m amazed at their balance. Another great thing you can do on the Quad is to get a warm coffee and hang out in front of the Illini Union. There is a new Starbucks location in the Illini Union, which is great because it’s at the heart of campus so it’s easy to get to if you want that warm coffee on a day where you need a little caffeine.
Some students really love fall here at Illinois. They love it so much that there is an October Lovers club. Seriously, this club is real and it’s a ton of fun. This club is full of students who do fun fall events and I’ve gone to a few of their events every year that I’ve been a student at Illinois. This weekend is their first event, and it’s a bonfire. It’s really a great way to meet other Illinois students who are diverse, but love fall just like you. In past years, they have had Barn Dances and star watching, too. Last year, I went to a corn maze outside town with the October Lovers club. It was a ton of fun, and I’m looking forward to doing that again.
Fall is the best time here at Illinois, and I hope you all enjoy your October. Stay warm!