Anyone who knows me knows that I am a very nostalgic human. There’s just something about looking back at memories and traditions that gives me all the feels. Especially during the fall, I have so many fond memories of family traditions. After moving to college I got even more sentimental about life. Being away from home during my favorite season made me long for the tradition and sentiment of my favorite fall activities even more! So in honor of the best season of the year starting this month, here are 10 things to do this fall! Hopefully they will help you channel happy memories that give you the feels as you get farther into this school year.
1. Go to a pumpkin patch- One of my favorite things to do as a kid was going to a pumpkin patch to pick out my own pumpkin. I would spend so much time looking for the perfect pumpkin. It had to be the right color, shape, and size. Just because you are in college and might not feel like you have any use for a pumpkin, you do. It’ll make you happy to walk by your pumpkin everyday as you head out for class. Go purchase yourself a pumpkin!
2. Sit outside and enjoy the fact that you’re not sweating anymore- By the time summer is over, I am ready for some cool weather, especially when I am walking to class. Sweater weather is upon us people and I could not be more excited. Pull those cardigans and pullovers out, have a seat on the lawn, and take in that nice, crisp fall air.
3. Get lost in a corn maze- Who doesn’t like a good corn maze? Get a group of friends together and explore.
4. Watch a football game- I don’t even really enjoy watching football, but it is on my list because it brings back good memories. Every Sunday my dad watches football at home. Having a game on during the weekend while I’m doing homework is just comforting. And if you do like football, you can go down the street to a Vandy game. There’s a special offer for Belmont students to get $10 off tickets!
5. Carve a pumpkin- If you went to the pumpkin patch and bought a pumpkin, you might as well carve it. I will admit, I did not carve a pumpkin until I was 18 years old, and it was not a walk in the park. In fact, it looked pretty unfortunate, but memories were still made and the experience was still one I would recommend recreating!
6. Make caramel apples- I don’t really feel like this needs an explanation. It is a staple fall snack.
7. Watch Halloween movies- I know, I know it’s not even October yet, but once I feel the breeze of fall I want to start cuddling up in fuzzy blankets while watching classic fall films. It’s never too early to start!
8. Eat all the seasonal foods- Whether it be Starbucks’ pumpkin scones and pumpkin spice lattes, the Cheesecake Factory’s pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin cream cheese from Proper Bagel, or a cider donut from your local cider mill, go get them while they’re here!
9. Take a drive- I am not big on driving, especially in Nashville, but it’s a must during the fall. We live in such a beautiful area during this time of year. As the leaves change colors, Nashville is filled with beautiful scenery. Drive around and take it all in.
10. Find a fall festival- Growing up I always went to fall festivals. Whether they were community festivals or events put on by my church, I loved going out with my family to celebrate fall festivities. Find a festival in Nashville and start celebrating this wonderful season!