10 Reasons We Can't Wait For Fall

10 Reasons We Can't Wait For Fall

It's coming! It's really coming!
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We all know that fall is the favored season of most because of the warmth, love, and nostalgia that the season brings. It's hard to say goodbye to summer, the beach, your tan, and few responsibilities, but it's time to bring in the cool air and sweater weather. Let there be football games, apple cider, bonfires, pumpkin pie, and haunted houses, because fall is here. Here are the small-but-meaningful reasons why we love the autumn season and can't wait to dive into it... leaves and all.

1. Football

We love baseball and tennis that summer gives us, but football is the most anticipated time of the sports year. Nothing is better than those Friday night lights or the popcorn on the couch watching the big game with the ones you love.

2. Halloween


Who's already thinking about what they're going to dress as? Me! Halloween is the best time of the year (besides Christmas) and every year it becomes more fun to pick out your costumes and coordinate with your friends or date. Carve a pumpkin and trick or treat because this holiday is one of the ultimate perks of fall.

3. The Leaves Are Changing


Honestly, there is no more sign of nature's beauty than the changing of leaves in the fall. I mean, there's a reason most sororities do their recruitment videos in the fall. The falling of the leaves is just as appreciated as an adult as it is a child when you used to jump into them. Leaves are what make fall "fall," and there is no greater fall than in Oxford.

4. Fall Foods - Especially the Pumpkin Spice Latte

Caramel apples, pumpkin pie, s'mores, candy, apple cider, squash, and so many other tasty fall treats give fall the taste of the season. The most important fall treat of all is Starbucks' most basic drink of all time—the sheer perfection of the Pumpkin Spice Latte. I can't wait to dig into these treats with an empty stomach and full heart.

5. Your Anticipated TV Shows Return


Struggling for the past two or so months has been grueling since our loved shows ended. Soon, the chips and salsa will be laid out and the show will be on, getting our full undivided attention over homework.

6. It's Actually Acceptable to be Pale

Tanning memberships are expensive and we all love a golden glow, but at least in the fall, those with fairer skin don't feel obligated to do so to fit in. You wear more clothes in the fall anyway, so you might as well not worry about tanning what's beneath them.

7. Thanksgiving

One word: food. I love food, and this is the one day a year you can eat twelve dinners and it's acceptable and encouraged. Food tastes delicious, and at Thanksgiving, we get one of every dish you could want. I'm getting hungry just thinking about it.

8. Fall Clothes

Sweaters, leather pants, leather jackets, boots, trench coats, and scarves are the best fashions of fall. Not only are fall clothes snuggly, they allow you breathing room and sexiness in a demure way.

9. Bonfires


The smell of bonfires are the smell of fall. There are fewer things more romantic than snuggling up with your crush next to a bonfire with your closest friends. Roasting s'mores on the bonfire or hot dogs, socializing, and dancing next to the firelight is something out of the movies, because those fall moments are the ones that last forever.

10. It's Almost Christmas Time

Fall is by far the best season, but Christmas is the best holiday. Experiencing all of fall's incredible magic brings you towards the greatest holiday. Fall into New Years is the best stretch of time in the whole calendar, and everyone can't wait to experience every second of it.


Fall is the most magical season with endless possibilities. With the changing of leaves, often comes the changing of heart and great things happen. I literally can't wait much longer for fall and all of the incredible moments it will bring this year, as it does every year.

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.
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Hey,

So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?

Sincerely,

Me

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5 Things I'm Going To Do To Better Myself This Summer

Every summer I tell myself that I'm going to make a change, but this summer is when I'm finally going to do it.

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After years and years of telling myself that I was going to have a summer "transformation", I finally committed myself to it this summer. This school year was a bit rough to say the least. I was sick for six months, in the hospital for a few weeks, my identity was stolen, and I was ghosted by eight different guys... Yeah, you heard me. Eight. So as you can see, my year was a bit shitty. But it took all of that to finally make me buckle down and want to make a change in my life. It's about time that I focus on my mental and physical health and I've never been more ready. Here are 5 of the things I'm going to do this summer to better myself:

1. Kick box

Last summer I started kick-boxing and it is one of the hardest workouts I've completed. Not only was I in the best shape of my life for a couple months last summer, but it also improved my mental health drastically. It gave me an outlet to channel all of my negative energy whether it was in the heat of the moment or if it had building up inside me for months. After the tragedies of this school year, I am more than ready to get back into the gym and get all of my energy out. Not only will I be in great shape again, but my mental health is sure to get back on track in no time.

2.  Practice yoga

Over the years I have dabbled in yoga, but this summer I really want to focus on my practice. I've considered buying a yoga membership but those can get quite expensive, so I'm going to resort to YouTube to practice yoga about 5 times a week. This will not only improve my mental health but also improve my physical health and give me some designated time each day to devote to working on myself in all aspects.

3. Paint and draw

In the past, painting and drawing has been another outlet that I've channeled my bottled up energy. Whenever I've gone through a breakup or had a falling out with a friend, I painted and used my emotion to inspire art from the root of my feelings. The art that I produce when I'm feeling down is some of the best artwork that I create, but if I get in the regular practice of painting, I will have another outlet to channel my energy and focus on the promotion of creativity and mental health. Not to mention, I might have some really cute room decor by the end of the summer.

4. Write

Now I am a writing major, but sometimes I find myself in a rut. However, whenever I get ghosted or whenever I feel self conscious I am completely inspired. I am full of words and thoughts and feelings and there is no better way to channel those thoughts than by putting them down on paper. Getting those thoughts out and making them tangible is a great way to relieve stress and promote good mental health and I plan to focus on that this summer. This will help me to better myself, but also will allow me to enlarge my portfolio, helping me develop professionally in the process.

5. Go to therapy

Last summer I attended therapy quite regularly in the month of August due to my binge eating being at its worst, but I wish I'd attended therapy all summer to help keep things in regulation. This summer I plan to attend therapy every other week, not due to any particular reason, but rather to practice good mental health on a biweekly basis and to be prepared in case of a flare up or an unexpected event. Going to therapy is perfectly normal and healthy and is quite beneficial when it comes to improving mental health and self awareness. I plan to really tackle this this summer in order to ensure a mentally healthy summer and the start of a healthy and happy school year next fall.

I know it's hard to buckle down and tell yourself that you're going to make a change, but I highly encourage you to try it this summer. Even if you only last a week, you still dedicated a week to trying to better yourself and that says a lot. Try kick-boxing or yoga or painting or whatever helps you focus and channel your energy. Even if it's a small start, it's better than nothing, and I guarantee you'll be thanking yourself at the end of the summer.

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