5 Reasons To Love The Fall Season

5 Reasons To Love The Fall Season

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Summer is the season of heat while spring is the season of rebirth. Winter allows for snow fun, but what happens during fall? It's not quite hot enough to enjoy the water and there's not typically enough snow to go sledding. Yet, in recent years, its become common place to look forward to the end of the summer and the beginning of fall. Here are just a few reasons why.

1. The Beautiful Scenery

Even though spring is the season when everything is in bloom, fall is just as colorful. The red, orange, and yellow leaves cover the ground in a beautiful, crunchy carpet and makes for a great photo-op. However, if the visual arts aren't your forte (I'm guilty of blurry pictures, myself), make sure you at least get outside to enjoy the view while it lasts.

2. U-Pick Apples and Pumpkins

In an era of technology when we're all busy sitting behind our computers or in front of the TV, fall creates the perfect opportunity to get outside and do something new. One of the best things about fall is the autumn fruits and veggies, including the multiple different types of apples that reach their peak ripeness during the fall season.

Make the most out of this fall by finding a local farm that allows customers to pick their own apples and pumpkins. Not only do you get to make sure that you get the biggest, juiciest apples, you get to spend time outside in the crisp, fall air. U-pick also makes for a fun experience when you get to spend it with a loved one, whether that be a friend, family member, or significant other.

3. Pumpkin Spice Everything

From Starbucks' Lattes to cookies to candles, one of the things that makes people fall in love with fall the most is the pumpkin spice flavoring and scent that coats nearly everything during the autumn season. In recent years, the pumpkin spice flavoring has developed what is almost a cult following, as people flock to the nearest store to purchase anything and everything with the flavor or smell. In fact, since its launch in 2003, Starbucks has sold over 200 million Pumpkin Spice Lattes.

4. Football

Calling all football fans! Prepare yourself as your favorite high school, college, or professional football team gets ready to embark on a season-long journey to the championship game. Whether you go to the games and sit in the stands or watch from the comfort of your own home or favorite bar, there really isn't a wrong way to enjoy this fall sport.

And, hey. If you aren't the biggest fan of football, you can still appreciate the fun experience, the parties, and the delicious tailgating food.

5. Halloween

Trick or treat, smell my feet. Give me something good to eat. Most preferably, candy.

As kids, many of us spent the whole year looking forward to the day that we were allowed to dress up as something crazy and go trick-or-treating. As we get older, it becomes less socially acceptable to ask our neighbors for free candy, but we can still reap the rewards of Halloween as we go to parties, dress up as our favorite childhood characters, and buy discount Halloween candy on November 1.

So, whether you love football, Halloween, apples and pumpkins, or some other reason I didn't list, you've got to admit that fall is a pretty awesome season. Make sure to schedule time this season to get outside and enjoy it!

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To That One Friend Who Deserves The World

Since I can't give you the world, I hope giving you this article is enough.
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My wonderful friend,

You deserve love.

You deserve to marry your best friend.

You deserve appreciation.

You deserve that no matter who comes in and out of your life, every selfless thing you do for someone is acknowledged.

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You deserve kindness.

You deserve to have the nicest people in the world surround you all of the time.

You deserve support.

You deserve to have someone there for you at the beginning of every good day and at the end of every bad one, to have someone who wants to fix all of your problems.

You deserve hope.

You deserve to always be optimistic.

You deserve laughter.

You deserve to never stop smiling and actually mean it every time you do.

You deserve forgiveness.

You deserve to be able to be given second chances because without a doubt you are worth it.

You deserve friendship.

You deserve to have a friend who can be just as good of a friend as you are.

You deserve honesty.

You deserve to always be told the truth.

You deserve motivation.

You deserve to never want to give up and always push yourself.

You deserve success.

You deserve to have everything you have worked so hard for.

You deserve faith.

You deserve to always know it will get better.

You deserve loyalty.

You deserve to have that one person who will never leave and always be there for you.

You deserve happiness.

You deserve to be genuinely content with your life.

You deserve the world.

If I could give it to you, I would.

Yes, life gets tough sometimes. The unthinkable happens and your world feels like it is crashing down but you can get past all of this.

Thank you for being so selfless. It amazes me how you do it sometimes, but thank you for always making everyone your main priority when they need you.

I know I may not say it enough, but truly thank you for all you do for me. I don’t always know how to show how much someone means to me, especially when it is someone as great as you because I don’t know what I did to deserve you, but thank you.

I love you.

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To The Stressed Out College Student, Be Optimistic For Spring Quarter

I am looking forward to a productive spring quarter.

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As a strenuous ten weeks of winter quarter is finally coming to a close, there is no better feeling than to be rewarded with a week of spring break. For most colleges and universities, this period of time is one of excitement and relief, as students approach a summer vacation that begins in May. Yet, for students with schedules revolving around the lovable (and often hatable) quarter system, it feels as though summer is far from our reach.

On a personal note, my previous ten weeks of classes have been bearable at best. I can proudly say that I have been counting down the days until spring break since our winter quarter began in January, though now that the week is finally approaching, I am reminded by the fact that I have yet another ten weeks of school in the near future. Interestingly enough, I have not started the countdown to June 18th quite yet. Instead, I am looking forward to a productive spring quarter that will leave me feeling energized and accomplished as I enter into a fresh summer.

I believe that the spring quarter withholds a sense of refreshment and newfound energy in comparison to that of fall and winter. Though students on the quarter system will end classes later than others, there is something to be said for spending days on campus when the warm weather finally breaks. Time seems to pass faster than it did in the dark and ominous weeks of winter quarter, and everyone seems to have a more positive attitude - as we can all see that vacation is approaching.

To the stressed out college student, be optimistic for spring quarter. Though tests and finals will still be ever-present, the completion of another ten weeks of classes is excellent motivation to achieve success and reward yourself within the coming months.

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