As fall arrives, Wildcats prepare for some of their favorite seasonal traditions

Outside of Kedzie Hall an employee from the Division of Facilities picks up and bags leaves to put into his truck. (Rowan Jones | Collegian Media Group)

As the leaves in Manhattan turn from summer green to red, yellow and orange, students get ready for long-awaited autumn activities.

Brenan Riffel, junior in secondary education, said he loves hiking in the fall and winter.

“I like going out to the Konza Prairie,” he said. “I like the cooler weather for hiking.”

He went on to say the fall was a good break compared to his summer.

“I think there’s a good change of pace,” Riffel said. “I work down at the [H. Roe] Bartle Scout Reservation during the summer so it was a good change of pace from feeding 600 people three times a day to, ‘Okay, now I can focus on myself.’ Keeping me busy, keeps me out of trouble.”

Milan Minocha, junior in mechanical engineering and computer science, said one of the first things that comes to his mind was one of his least favorite aspects about fall: allergies.

“That’s something I definitely don’t like about fall,” he said.

On the topic of the ever-popular trend of pumpkin spice, Minocha jokingly said he needed a “pumpkin spice fire log” for bonfires and campouts throughout the autumn season.

Emily Follingstad, senior in French, German and psychology, said she has similar feelings about the famous pumpkin spice latte.

“It’s a bit bougie for me,” she said. “My favorite thing to do in the fall is getting out that hot chocolate.”

In terms of favorite traditions, Riffel said he was prepared for Halloween.

“I have a velociraptor inflatable costume,” he said.

Minocha has a different favorite activity. He said his favorite thing to do for Halloween is simply see friends and share a bag of candy.

As a child, Follingstad said she loved to rake leaves and jump in the piles and share Halloween traditions with family.

“When Halloween comes around, there’s always pumpkin carving family get-togethers,” she said. “That’s fun — that’s some fun stuff.”