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Ways to Spice Up Your Study Space This Fall

Whether you’re on or off-campus, this semester hasn’t been fantastic. Even though I’m on campus, most of my classes are online. It’s isolating sitting at the same boring desk every day to do work. With fall upon us and retail therapy always being an option, I think it’s time to break open our piggy banks for some fall decor. Personally, having decorations always makes me more motivated to get my work done. And it makes me smile! Consider buying some of these the next time you go shopping!


Get this cute fall garland to drape around your study space and bring the fall atmosphere right to you! If you’re off-campus, the leaves should definitely remind you of the fall Pennsylvania foliage. This will brighten up any space and can be placed above your window, bed, or anywhere else you see fit.


If you’re living in a dorm, this will set a tone for your room as you enter. Just like the garland, flowers are sure to remind you of fall and brighten up the hall and your day.

Fall Fairy Lights

There’s nothing like curling up in bed with a good book or Netflix movie. But the overbearing dorm lighting doesn’t create the right atmosphere. These pumpkin lights will light up the room cozy, making you feel like you’re straight out of your favorite Halloween movie.

Homesick’s Pennsylvania Candle

Off-campus and missing your second home? Homesick’s candles are right up your alley. The Pennsylvania scent will remind you of sweet, vanilla chocolate mixed with butter, rum, molasses, maple, and caramel. It’s definitely for someone who likes sweet scents. This candle will set the mood as you start working on that essay you’ve been procrastinating.

Pressed Leaves for Wall Art

Gather some friends (six feet apart of course) and go hunting for cool leaves. When you have as many as you like, you can press them and frame them for unique wall art! There are tons of tutorials to help you online. Not only will it take up the empty walls of your single-dorm (looking at you freshmen), but it’ll add a splash of color that will remind you of your friends.

A Cup of Pumpkin Spice Tea

This tea is my kryptonite come fall. I’m a sucker for Starbucks seasonal drinks, so Pumpkin Spice Lattes are my go-to when it gets to be this time of year. But if I’m not in a coffee mood, this tea is perfect if cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves sound as delicious to you as they do to me. It’s an excellent reward for a hard day’s work!

Cozy Blanket

A blanket is perfect for cuddling up in when it gets cold. It’ll also look great draped over your desk chair during the day, out on Stine Lake, or in your backyard for some outdoor studying. If you’re bored and talented, try you’re hand at knitting a blanket for yourself!

And with that, your room is now ready for fall and (hopefully) some work.

Sophia Kenny

Gettysburg '24

Sophia is a sophomore at Gettysburg College. She is a Business and English double major. On-campus she is also a member of Alpha Omicron Pi. In her spare time, she loves doing arts and crafts and cuddling with her cat.
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