13 Reasons Pitt Students are Ready for the Fall Semester

13 Reasons Pitt Students are Ready for the Fall Semester

Cathy is calling us home.

For proud students at the University of Pittsburgh, summer is great... but nothing can compare to campus in the fall. With everything that goes on, how could home possibly compare to the hustle and bustle that Pitt can offer? Concerts, games, and other exciting events are just the tip of the iceberg. We're all ready to head back and see Cathy shining in the distance. Here's why:

1. Move- in

We've been dying for it all summer. Whether you're moving in to your first apartment or dying in the elevators up to your new room in Litchfield Towers, you're in for a long but enjoyable day. It's the first taste of campus since April, and there's so much to take in. Plus, you get to boss around the Arrival Survival people.

2. Reuniting with friends

After a summer apart, fall couldn't be more welcome. Constant snaps and texts can't compare to late night pizza and Netflix sessions with your roomies. Reunited and it feels so goooood...

3. Campus

PC: Erica Schmidlechner

I'm mostly just talking about Cathy here. We all missed that majestic beauty, and nothing beats the sight of beautiful fall colors + the most perfect college building ever, am I right? You can always find a beautiful spot on campus with orange and red leaves everywhere and perfect fall weather.

4. Syllabus Week

Classes may be coming soon, but for now, nothing matters and everything is awesome. Whether you're partying every night or just enjoying a week free of work, Syllabus Week is the best of the semester, hands down.

5. Football Games

PC: Emma Strausbaugh

Even people who hate sports are excited for this... Sweet Caroline? Check. Awesome tailgating? Check. Cheap tickets? Double check. But even more importantly...

6. Pitt vs. Penn State

It's been 16 years since the last game, and we're all salivating for our long lost rivalry to finally play itself out on Heinz Field. We've been counting down since the game was announced over a year ago, and you already know that this will be one of the most exciting days on campus this year. September 10th, here we come. H2P!

7. Victory Lights

Taking in the beauty of Cathy is so much better when it's brighter thanks to Pitt's superiority in football. It's lit.

8. Fall Fest

From Hoodie Allen to Walk the Moon, Fall Fest is not only hype, it's also free. Thanks, Pitt Program Council.

9. Halloween

It's not October if you don't see strange (and probably revealing) costumes on all the streets of South O every weekend. Halloween lasts the entire month. Whether you're in it for the parties or the candy, it's one of the best parts of Fall.

10. Market Thanksgiving

The only time anyone would ever willingly eat at Market. You know it's time when the line extends through all of Towers Lobby and people are excitedly sitting on the floor of Market. Even thinking about it has me salivating. #H2MarketThanksgiving

11. Long Weekends

Labor Day, Fall Break, Thanksgiving... wow. Just wow.

12. Food near campus

PC: Emma Strausbaugh

Pamela's, Peace, Love and Little Donuts, Conflict Kitchen... they were dearly missed all summer. I think I had dreams about Pamela's hotcakes. Seriously, I can't wait to get my hands on some O Fries or some other classic South O dishes.

13. Pittsburgh

Last, but not least, we just can't wait to see the beautiful skyline that is Pittsburgh. The city has everything you need for a perfect college experience, from sports to nightlife to arts and culture. Those lights on the water are calling us back, and I am so ready to see all 446 of Pittsburgh's bridges. This city is home, and we are pretty darn home sick.

With all of this in mind, its hard not to eagerly await move-in day. The best food, sights, and experiences in Pittsburgh are only a month away, Panthers! H2P!

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College As Told By Junie B. Jones

A tribute to the beloved author Barbara Parks.

The Junie B. Jones series was a big part of my childhood. They were the first chapter books I ever read. On car trips, my mother would entertain my sister and me by purchasing a new Junie B. Jones book and reading it to us. My favorite part about the books then, and still, are how funny they are. Junie B. takes things very literally, and her (mis)adventures are hilarious. A lot of children's authors tend to write for children and parents in their books to keep the attention of both parties. Barbara Park, the author of the Junie B. Jones series, did just that. This is why many things Junie B. said in Kindergarten could be applied to her experiences in college, as shown here.

When Junie B. introduces herself hundreds of times during orientation week:

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 1)

When she goes to her first college career fair:

"Yeah, only guess what? I never even heard of that dumb word careers before. And so I won't know what the heck we're talking about." (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 2)

When she thinks people in class are gossiping about her:

“They whispered to each other for a real long time. Also, they kept looking at me. And they wouldn't even stop." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When someone asks her about the library:

“It's where the books are. And guess what? Books are my very favorite things in the whole world!" (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 27)

When she doesn't know what she's eating at the caf:

“I peeked inside the bread. I stared and stared for a real long time. 'Cause I didn't actually recognize the meat, that's why. Finally, I ate it anyway. It was tasty...whatever it was." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When she gets bored during class:

“I drew a sausage patty on my arm. Only that wasn't even an assignment." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 18)

When she considers dropping out:

“Maybe someday I will just be the Boss of Cookies instead!" (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 76)

When her friends invite her to the lake for Labor Day:

“GOOD NEWS! I CAN COME TO THE LAKE WITH YOU, I BELIEVE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 17)

When her professor never enters grades on time:

“I rolled my eyes way up to the sky." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 38)

When her friends won't stop poking her on Facebook:

“Do not poke me one more time, and I mean it." (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 7)

When she finds out she got a bad test grade:

“Then my eyes got a little bit wet. I wasn't crying, though." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 17)

When she isn't allowed to have a pet on campus but really wants one:


When she has to walk across campus in the dark:

“There's no such thing as monsters. There's no such thing as monsters." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 12)

When her boyfriend breaks her heart:

“I am a bachelorette. A bachelorette is when your boyfriend named Ricardo dumps you at recess. Only I wasn't actually expecting that terrible trouble." (Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl, p. 1)

When she paints her first canvas:

"And painting is the funnest thing I love!" (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 61)

When her sorority takes stacked pictures:

“The biggie kids stand in the back. And the shortie kids stand in the front. I am a shortie kid. Only that is nothing to be ashamed of." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 7)

When she's had enough of the caf's food:

“Want to bake a lemon pie? A lemon pie would be fun, don't you think?" (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed p. 34)

When she forgets about an exam:

“Speechless is when your mouth can't speech." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 54)

When she finds out she has enough credits to graduate:

“A DIPLOMA! A DIPLOMA! I WILL LOVE A DIPLOMA!" (Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl p. 6)

When she gets home from college:

"IT'S ME! IT'S JUNIE B. JONES! I'M HOME FROM MY SCHOOL!" (Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peaky Spying p. 20)

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