There’s September Convocation in which everyone dresses up in their class colors and gathers in the amphitheater to celebrate the beginning of the new academic year. In my case (since my class color is blue) it gives my classmates a legitimate excuse to dress up as the following: A Smurf, someone from Avatar, the Cookie Monster and of course a Blue Man Group groupie.
But the most treasured of all traditions that is held at my school, is Mountain Day.
But Jacqueline, what is this mysterious Mountain Day that you speak of?
Well fine reader, sit back and let me tell you the amazing tradition of Mountain Day:
This is Lynn Pasaquerella.
Why am I showing you a random picture of her?
Because she decides when Mountain Day happens.
There is no set date for Mountain Day, because NO ONE KNOWS WHEN IT WILL HAPPEN!
Except for Lynn.
When the fall weather sets in and students are in a rush to study for their midterms or write up their papers, Lynn will unexpectedly cancel classes FOR THE ENTIRE DAY!
And let me tell you, when you hear the bells ringing at seven o’clock in the morning announcing that it is Mountain Day you are like:
But with all of your classes canceled and your day all freed up, what exactly do you then do with yourself?
Well, traditionally many students enjoy outdoor activities, in particular, hiking up a mountain. (Because if you didn’t catch it beforehand, the name of the day is MOUNTAIN Day).
But sometimes students use this day to go into town, do a little shopping and not have to worry about studying for that upcoming Art History exam that got pushed two days back.
Talk about getting lucky.
You’re a twenty-year-old college student who has three midterms in a row this week.
The pressure is on!
At around 7 a.m., the next day, someone sends you this text message:
But for some odd reason you just can't.
So instead, you check your newsfeed on Facebook only to find this:
And then you end up liking every single post that has some reference to Mountain Day:
MEANWHILE . . . you tell your roommate the good news!
It’s Mountain Day!
And the first thing that she does is look at you in disbelief, unsure if you’re crazy or not:
There’s just so much free time in the world on this very special day.
You could catch up on your homework.
Read that book that you’ve put off over the summer.
Revise your resume.
Finally get around to curing cancer.
You know, productive things, right?
But the other possible thing that you could do is climb the mountain with you and your friends. Like what you guys did your freshmen year last Mountain Day.
Well for the first two hours you're bored out of your mind until one of your friends calls you up.
You both exchange ideas on what to do now that classes are canceled, until your
friend has an idea that fully catches your attention:
Go on a hike, have a picnic with friends, or just relax out in the sun with a good novel.
Mountain Day is YOUR day!