As a Florida native who grew up spending winter break tanning at the beach one of the things I was most looking forward to in arriving at Emerson was experiencing real seasons. I was excited for the first snowfall of winter and a spring that didn’t reach 80 degrees by the heat of the day but really what I was waiting for was FALL. Changing leaves and pumpkin spice everything and that crisp smell in the air that tells you winter is coming but it isn’t here yet- I love it all. Don’t get me wrong I love my sand and sunshine but there’s a reason the majority of the colleges I applied to senior year of high school were located somewhere in the northeast. Autumn was and is one of my biggest childhood fantasies that I finally get to live! While I realize there is a bit of a stigma surrounding the popularity of the season (and for good reason, if I do say so myself) if you’re like me and falling hard for fall, here are some great ways to enjoy this most wonderful time of year.
If my first autumn in Boston taught me anything it is that this beautiful breezy weather will not last forever! Snow covers those glorious golden leaves all too soon so take advantage of it! I make it a point to take a walk every day and studies have proven that the fresh air and sunshine not only get you in the spirit but lift your spirits as well!
BRING THE HARVEST SEASON HOME
While those of us living on campus aren’t able to keep our favorite fall scented candles handy in our dorms I’ve recently discovered room sprays that do the job just as well. They don’t require proficiency with a lighter or matches, are 100% Emerson approved, and come in literally hundreds of scents (my favorite Pumpkin Pecan Waffles by Bath and Body Works). Protip: spray before you go to bed for a festive way to wake up in the morning that is nothing short of heavenly. These room sprays aren’t for the only way to celebrate the season, either! Many local grocery and craft stores offer scentless, inexpensive ways to decorate, such as pumpkins, gourds, and leaves.
GET YOUR FALL FLAVOR FIX
Between Halloween and Thanksgiving fall is an especially wonderful time of year when it comes to food and drinks. From oatmeal to Oreos you can find specialty flavors like pumpkin, eggnog, and apple cinnamon in whatever fits your fancy. Some of my go to seasonal sweet treats include the Pumpkin Cheesecake Pepperidge Farm Cookies and Apple Cinnamon Chobani greek yogurt (because a girl needs balance, right?) both available at CVS! Speaking of balance, for those of us who enjoy our vegetables there are some delicious ones in season like Butternut Squash that make a tasty hot soup like this one after a long day of class, not to mention the wide variety of ciders, teas, and yes, Pumpkin Spice Lattes.
The seasons have changed and the weather is officially perfect for crawling under a nice fuzzy blanket and cuddling up to one of the many INCREDIBLE Halloween movies Netflix is releasing in the month of October. You can finally binge your favorite shows and movies without cold toes or that annoying laptop leg sweat. At the end of a long day appropriately filled with hayrides through the pumpkin patch and apple picking at the nearest orchard what better way to relax than by revisiting your childhood with Halloweentown or finally getting around to watching Stranger Things. (we’re not judging!) Some ideas can be found here.
ENJOY THE CONVENIENCE OF FALL FASHION
Bad hair day? Out of clean socks? Nobody will know when you can hide them beanies and boots while still looking straight out of an ad for the GAP. Can’t decide what to wear when you’re already late for class? A different scarf over the same sweater you wore to your 6pm yesterday, a brand spankin’ new pair of warm fuzzy socks, and the leggings you may or may not have just slept in ABSOLUTELY qualify as an entirely new outfit and are not only accepted, but encouraged.
These are just some of a multitude of ways to get your fall fix! I hope these tips help put all my fellow fall fanatics out there in the spirit to celebrate the greatest season of all- now get out there and spice up your life!