10 Reasons We Can't Wait For Fall

10 Reasons We Can't Wait For Fall

It's coming! It's really coming!

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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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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6 Ways To Start Pre-Gaming Your Summer Plans Today

A few ways to help you prepare for summer.


Summer is coming sooner rather than later and we all need to get ready for it.

1. Start making trip plans now.


If you are wanting to do a getaway over the summer, I would suggest starting to plan for the trip now. The closer you get to the time in which you want to go, the higher the prices of plane tickets and rooms go up. Also planning ahead gives you the chance to pinpoint exactly how you want to spend your trip and not waste your time. Nothing is worse than going on a trip and being stuck at the hotel the whole time because you have no idea what is our there for you to do.

2. Buy sunscreen.

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Do you really want to end up like her? I don't think so. Even if you are the type of person with the mentality that you will only be out in the sun for a short period of time, it doesn't matter. We all need sunscreen. Our skin is the largest organ of our body and we need to take care of it. Think of it this way, do you want to have sunspots when you're old? Or would you rather maintain your youthful appearance for as long as you can?

3. Find a new hobby.


Let's be honest here for a minute, the majority of us do absolutely nothing over summer break and feel no guilt for it. I have done this several times over the years, and I now look back and realize all the time I wasted not learning or doing something new. If you are working full-time, have summer school, or a summer internship this does not apply to you unless you have the time to do so.

For the rest of y'all, get up and learn something. Learn how to knit. Take a kickboxing class. Try out new hiking places. Start learning another language, or continue practicing the one you learned in school at places where the language is commonly used. Get outside of your comfort zone!

4. De-stress and dispose.

You are so close to summer sometimes it stresses you out trying to get everything done. You need to realize that summer isn't going anywhere and you will get there eventually. Take a deep breathe and keep going. What I like to do is start throwing out the paperwork from this semester that I know I will never use again, don't want, and papers that I don't plan on using for the upcoming final. Disposing of those papers helps me visualize that the semester is almost over.

5. Buy a new swimsuit.


Before you go out and buy a bunch of new swimsuits, try your old ones on first and see if they fit. Sometimes you just need a new top to match the bottoms that you already have or vice versa. Also, if you know that you are not going to buy a swimsuit for the pool or beach several times throughout the summer, don't waste your money on a new swimsuit. The one from last year that you never wore will do just fine.

Save Money

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The simplest way to understand it is no saving = no money to spend during summer. If you have all kinds of different trips and things you want to do that cost a fee, it would be wise to start saving up for all of your other expenses that you would normally have to pay per month like insurance, phone, or a car payment. I will be in the car payment category since I just bought a new one a few weeks ago.

That being said, my first car payment is due the week I am in New York. I don't want my New York money to be used for a car payment, so I've been taking extra shifts at work to compensate. I have also started going through my closet and selling the items I don't want anymore. There are several resale stores and places online for you to sell your unwanted clothes and other items to put some extra cash in your pocket.

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