Enjoying Fall to the Fullest

By The Elm - Oct 18,2013@2:54 pm

By Sarah Masker
Copy Editor

The way I see it, the only bad thing about autumn is having to decide between a pumpkin latte and hot apple cider. Fall is the best season out there, and for those of you who prefer blizzards and bobsledding or sunburns and sand…you’re wrong. Fall is the best season ever and here’s why.

Autumn leaves: Find a particularly crunchy one and jump on it, and I guarantee it will make your day.

Boots: Nothing puts some pep in your step like a new pair of boots. Whether they’re knee-highs or a cute pair of booties, they make stomping on that crunchy leaf so much more satisfying.

Sweaters: Snuggle up in some heavy knits, settle in with a good book or your latest assigned reading, and enjoy the comfort of your favorite sweater’s embrace. Fall is the start of sweater season, and if that doesn’t merit a celebratory shopping spree, I don’t know what does.

Pumpkin anything, pumpkin everything: Jack-o-lanterns. Pumpkin seeds. Pumpkin bread. Pumpkin muffins. Pumpkin doughnuts. Pumpkin pie. Pumpkin pancakes. Pumpkin lattes. Pumpkin ale. Harry Potter even had pumpkin juice. Birthday Ball committee, get on that.

Apples: After the corn maze and before the hayride, take some time to visit an orchard to do some apple-picking. Fall is the season of Honeycrisp and McIntosh heaven, so if you’re not eating an apple a day at least go get a steaming mug of local cider.

College students need their rest, and a night’s quality sleep is made easier with open windows and a cool breeze. When bedtime rolls around, brew a spicy mug of chai tea, throw on some flannel pajamas, and enjoy a brisk autumn evening in bed. Since fall also introduces new seasons of our favorite shows, pull up Hulu on your browser and procrastinate like a fall-loving pro. You won’t regret it. Washington College, enjoy fall because it’s a privilege some people around the world never get to experience. When I studied abroad in Ecuador, I missed out on all the boot-wearing, pumpkin-carving fun, because while the equator knows how to grow mangos and pineapple, it just doesn’t have the climate for quality apples. Make some fun fall plans this season and explore what the Eastern Shore has to offer. Even if you’re mourning summer’s end or eagerly anticipating winter’s first snow, just admit that fall is an exciting time. Break out the flannel and corduroy, jump in some leaves, and enjoy fall while it lasts.

The Elm

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