School began on August 25th this year, bringing students back into the learning environment. From classes restarting to the leaves changing color, there is always something to look forward to. Fall, however, has a lot more to it than the start of school. “Every year I feel a sense of apprehension at the beginning of the year,” says Anne Wolfer, an art and publications teacher at Rowland Hall. “As soon as I see the students,” she continues, “that apprehension disappears and is replaced with pure enthusiasm. I’m so grateful to be a part of the Rowland Hall community.” It surprises her that “Even seasoned teachers that [I] know at Rowland Hall express the same anxieties.” Some things to look forward to are the holidays, such as Thanksgiving and Halloween, as well as the changing of the leaves. Here is why fall is so important to Rowland Hall students.
Reason 1: The atmosphere. Maddie Mulford, a sophomore at Rowland Hall, says she likes “the colors of the leaves, the scenery, and the nice temperature.” Several trees on the Lincoln Campus do lose chlorophyll during this time of year. The oak leaves change from chartreuse to chocolate brown, while the eastern redbuds in the peace garden transform into a gorgeous canary yellow. With the dropping temperature, outdoor activities are often easier to bear. Many students are taking advantage of the cooler weather to do outdoor activities such as hiking, mountain biking, or ultimate frisbee on the back field with their peers.
Reason 2: The Halloween aesthetic. “I like to pick pumpkins.” says Ben Schiffman, a freshman. Many front yards in the area are already sporting vines with several of these gourds, often the size of soccer balls. With Halloween approaching, the demand for pumpkins is rising. Phil Locke, a senior at Rowland Hall, says, “I like Halloween because we get to dress up in fun costumes and buy exorbitant amounts of candy.” Some of the most popular costumes this year are Harley Quinn from Suicide Squad and Cruella De Vil from Cruella.
Reason 3: Sports. Fall sports are another thing Rowland Hall students enjoy during this season. Among them are cross country, girls’ volleyball, and boys’ golf. As the athletics of the year kick off, students and teachers alike are excited. Mark Oftedal, the high school cross country coach, says that while fall feels like the end of summer for many, but for him it “speaks of new beginnings. Sure it feels like summer slipping away,” he continues, but “it's always been a time to reflect, regroup, and eagerly anticipate.” “I like being able to play with older kids on the [volleyball] team,” says Emma Hare, a freshman setter on the frosh/soph, JV, and varsity volleyball teams. She also enjoys “being able to find a group of people that I have something in common with.”
Reason 4: The cliche. Many people enjoy the cliches of the autumn season. “I really like pumpkin spice lattes and sweaters,” says freshman Bea Martin. “Pumpkin carving parties are also fun.” she continues. Among others are hayrides, leggings, Black Friday, and apple picking. Dr. Laura Johnson, English 12 teacher, finds the “excessive use of pumpkin spice in irrelevant contexts, such as bleach, dog biscuits, and hummus” to be quite amusing. For those of you who don’t know, pumpkin spice is made up of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves.
Although the summer came to a close, Rowland Hall students love the fall. The leaves are dropping by the day, so get out there and see it while you can! Before we know it, winter will set in, and some sports seasons are already over. While sports such as boy’s golf and volleyball are largely over, cross country continues until October 27th, and the varsity volleyball team plays on, hoping to qualify for state. From the aesthetic and scenery to the sports to the pumpkin spice oddities, there is something for everyone to look forward to.