COLUMN: Sweater weather is the greatest weather


Ethan Schobernd, Columnist

As the artist Andy Williams sang, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” and I couldn’t agree more. But I am not talking about Christmas. 2021 has seen the cold brisk weather in February, the sweltering heat in July, and April showers. Now Illinois has approached my favorite season, sweater weather. It’s the weather that makes you want to curl-up with a blanket and a warm beverage as you wear that cozy sweater in the brisk fall weather.  

When everyone is prepping their costumes for Halloween, I’m prepping my “Sweater Weather” mug and wool sweaters for the cooler temperature. In the mornings, the air is always crisp and cool, just the way I like it. I can start putting on my beanie to cover my un-brushed hair, but everyone thinks it was a natural outfit choice.

Regardless of the weather being wet or dry, it is still nice outside to me. The rain brings in bone-chilling weather, so I get to sit inside and do homework as I watch the water trickle down the window. There is always the opportunity to set the perfect scene for myself and become the utmost relaxed. 

As a self-proclaimed coffee addict, sweater weather perfectly coincides with my favorite hot beverage. I get to look forward to getting hot drinks nowadays rather than wanting one in the humid heat of Illinois. 

The best thing for coffee lovers, especially those who love Starbucks, we can get pumpkin spice lattés. The pumpkin spice drink is one stereotype that applies to me, and I am proud to say that. Pumpkin spice is literally a gift given to the world and should be celebrated during this time of year. 

Of course, so people may have some counter arguments to my claims, such as seasonal depression and preferring warmer weather. 

I believe the warmer weather opinion is a given for many people, and I would expect someone to say that as their first argument. However, some of my friends have claimed that this is the time of year where seasonal depression occurs. 

When the weather cools down, the daylight hours get shorter, and it is still raining, it may have a negative side effect on people’s mental health.  

Mental health awareness is a huge deal this time of year and I am sure there are trends that can prove this awareness to be valid and detrimental for the public, especially college students. 

For me, sweater weather boosts my mental health and promotes a more positive mindset. Sure, having less daylight hours are a bummer, but I can find so many more positive aspects of this season that outweigh the negative. 

I always try to look on the brighter side of life in any situation I find myself. I think everyone should learn to embrace sweater weather. It is satisfying to put on a hoodie, drink a warm beverage, and enjoy the cool, relaxing breeze of the fall.  

Ethan Schobernd is a sophomore music major. He can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected]