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It’s finally fall! However, it’s also one of the busiest times in college. Whether you’ve got a paper due in two days, two exams the next week, a bucketload of unnecessary busy work, or a planner filled with deadlines, fall can be a busy time for many college students. This is especially true for freshmen, as they are trying to adjust to their new life. Although it’s important to study and complete all of your homework assignments, it’s equally important to give yourself some time to breathe, relax and enjoy the crisp, cool fall months. Here are FOUR ways that you can enhance your fall experience while still having time to ace all of your tests.

Dress up!

Wear your favorite fall-themed outfits whether that’s your favorite soft, burgundy sweater or your go-to cream infinity scarf. Regardless, pair your favorite top with either jeans or leggings, include a belt if possible, and throw on some boots. In the era of Zoom university, it’s hard for many students to have the motivation and get up and get dressed because all of our classes are online. We often think, “Who are we trying to impress?” Good point, but it’s important to make yourself feel productive and excited to take on the day. Dressing up and feeling good about yourself not only boosts your confidence and serotonin, but also helps you already have a positive attitude towards the day and the rest of the week.

Just sit outside!

One of the reasons why fall is my favorite season is because of the beautiful nature. I grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee and being so close to the Smoky Mountains made fall break getaways ten times more amazing. The bright oranges and reds that fill every tree always make me content and satisfied. You can either pack a picnic and enjoy a meal with a friend or just study. Either way, you’re admiring some pretty amazing nature while still getting your work done. Also, if you’re stressing about a paper, you can always take a mini walk to collect yourself and then return to work.

Get some fall decorations!

If you’re anything like me, your dorm is basically your new home at this point. You do your homework, studying, workouts, and jam sessions in this room. Why not make your new living space more comfortable and fall festive? Go to either Target or Walmart to get some cheap, but very festive decorations! You can even head over to the Dollar Tree. I would 10/10 recommend buying little plastic pumpkins or fake leaves to spice up your room and make it just a little more personalized. When you’re studying in an environment that makes you smile, you most likely will feel more compelled to get some work done!

Buy some fall drinks!

Some of my favorite things about fall include all the warm drinks and fun snacks that you can have! Whether it’s a pumpkin spice latte, chai, or warm apple cider, definitely treat yourself to a delicious drink. Studying can be stressful and sometimes it’s good to take a step back, grab a festive beverage with a friend, and then continue.

Overall, college can be very stressful and sometimes the first semester is tough because you’re adjusting to new classes, new professors, and a completely new life. Fall can be a wonderful time of the year however, if you just take a few minutes to relax and enjoy yourself. Good luck, you’re going to rock this semester!

Aditi Samavedy

Wake Forest '24

I'm currently a freshman at Wake Forest University and love to write, bake and sing!
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