8 Things To Love About Fall

8 Things To Love About Fall

There are so many things that make Fall so perfect.
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Overlooking this extreme heat wave, Fall is on the way! Fall is one of my favorite seasons because it has perfect weather, beautiful scenery, and fun fall-activities. Fall in Upstate New York is breath-taking and every time it comes around, it brings excitement and joy.

1. Fall Clothes. Period.

Sweater weather! You can finally go into your closet and find your cozy knit sweater and wrap yourself in it for class. It's cute, comfy, and keeps you warm and snug. In addition to cute sweater, you can bring out your fall boots, jeans, leggings, fuzzy socks, scarves and jackets! Now that you aren't melting under the thousand degree sun, you can layer and accessorize your clothes without the worry of dying of a heat stroke.

2. The Apples!

If you haven't been apple picking in Fall, have you really been living your life to the fullest? Rally up all of your friends and go to your nearest apple orchard and have a fun day taking cute pictures and picking perfect apples.

3. Pumpkin Spice Lattes


I know, I know. This is such a cliché thing to say, but it's true. There are only certain flavors that come out only in this class that makes them so special. I'm not an avid fan of PSLs, but I will always get one when the season starts just to get myself into the "fall-spirit."

4. Trick or Treat!

Boo! In a couple weeks, Halloween will arrive and value packs of candy will cover the shelves of Target and everyone will start to create their costumes. It's that one time of year when you can dress up and become a character (or whatever) you want to be. People get goofy and creative with their costumes and it brings me back to my childhood.

5. Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because of the food and quality time with family. After stressful midterms, you can go home, relax with your family, and eat so much amazing food. It's the best feeling.

6. The Weather

When the leaves change, the temperature drops, and the air becomes more crisp, everything just becomes so pretty. It's amazing to go on hikes when the weather is so clear and fresh. Also, I love driving past lakes or hilly roads to see trees glowing red, yellow, orange, and hints of green. Something about it creates butterflies in my stomach and tugs at a nostalgic memory I had when I was younger.

7. Hollenbeck's Cider Mill

Number 7 may only be relatable for townies, but I urge you to find way to visit the local Hollenbeck's Cider Mill for some fluffy soft donuts and freshly squeezed apple cider. So many people flood Hollenbeck's during this season because this is the only time of year they are open! It's the only time of year you can get the best donuts and apple cider, ever. I am not paid to say this. This is how strongly I feel about this cute cider mill.

8. Perfect Netflix Weather

Lastly, Fall brings the perfect weather to just go home after class and snuggle up under your fuzzy blanket and relax with some Netflix.

Happy Fall!


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PSA: Keep Your Body-Negative Opinions Away From Little Girls This Summer

But our own baggage shouldn't be shoved on to those we surround ourselves with.

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It's officially swimsuit season, y'all.

The temperature is rising, the sun is bright and shining, and a trip to the beach couldn't look more appealing than it does right now. This is the time of year that many of us have been rather impatiently waiting for. It's also the time of year that a lot of us feel our most self-conscious.

I could take the time to remind you that every body is a bikini body. I could type out how everyone is stunning in their own unique way and that no one should feel the need to conform to a certain standard of beauty to feel beautiful, male or female. I could sit here and tell you that the measurement of your waistline is not a reflection of your worth. I completely believe every single one of these things.

Hell, I've shared these exact thoughts more times than I can count. This time around, however, I'm not going to say all these things. Instead, I'm begging you to push your insecurities to the side and fake some confidence in yourself when you're in front of others.

Why?

Because our negative self-image is toxic and contagious and we're spreading this negative thinking on to others.

We're all guilty of this, we're with family or a friend and we make a nasty comment about some aspect of our appearance, not even giving a single thought to the impact our words have on the person with us. You might think that it shouldn't bother them- after all, we're not saying anything bad about them! We're just expressing our feelings about something we dislike about ourselves. While I agree that having conversations about our insecurities and feelings are important for our mental and emotional health, there is a proper and improper way of doing it. An open conversation can leave room for growth, acceptance, understanding, and healing. Making a rude or disheartening remark about yourself is destructive not only to yourself, but it will make the person you are saying these things around question their own self worth or body image by comparing themselves to you.

My little sister thinks she's "fat." She doesn't like how she looks. To use her own words, she thinks she's "too chubby" and that she "looks bad in everything."

She's 12 years old.

Do you want to know why she has this mindset? As her older sister, I failed in leading her by example. There were plenty of times when I was slightly younger, less sure of myself, and far more self-conscious than I am now, that I would look in the mirror and say that I looked too chubby, that my body didn't look good enough, that I wished I could change the size of my legs or stomach.

My little sister had to see the older sibling she looks up to, the big sis she thinks always looks beautiful, say awful and untrue things about herself because her own sense of body image was warped by media, puberty, and comparing herself to others.

My negativity rubbed off onto her and shaped how she looks at herself. I can just imagine her watching me fret over how I look thinking, "If she thinks she's too big, what does that make me?"

It makes me feel sick.

All of us are dealing with our own insecurities. It takes some of us longer than others to view ourselves in a positive, loving light. We're all working on ourselves every day, whether it be mentally, physically, or emotionally. But our own baggage shouldn't be shoved on to those we surround ourselves with, our struggles and insecurities should not form into their own burdens.

Work on yourself in private. Speak kindly of yourself in front of others. Let your positivity, real or not, spread to others instead of the bad feelings we have a bad habit of letting loose.

The little girls of the world don't need your or my negative self-image this summer. Another kid doesn't need to feel worthless because we couldn't be a little more loving to ourselves and a lot more conscious of what we say out loud.

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The Struggle of Taking Classes During the Summer

It can put a bit of a damper on summer fun

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To everyone reading: I hope you're having a nice, relaxing summer. Even if you're working I hope you can get a few days off to hang out with friends, go to the beach, and have some nice downtime. Not me. I am currently in the process of completing two four-week long summer classes. I'm taking them now to get ahead for next semester and to keep my overall schedule on track. It certainly isn't fun, but the reminder that it is only four weeks is what really keeps me going. If you are in the same boat as me, you'll relate to this list like no one else can; if you're not taking summer classes, don't let this list scare you, but use it to mentally prepare yourself for any you may have in the future.

1. Studying and homework

The homework isn't too bad with some summer classes just because you don't have time for a lot of intense projects. Still, since the class is so short you have to do some kind of homework pretty much every day. Make a schedule and spread it out so you don't get too behind.

2. Actually going to class

I am in two classes. One meets in person every day from 10 am to 11:45 am. The other is online. Let me be the first to say that getting up for class during the normal semesters is hard enough, but knowing my little brother gets to sleep in while I have to wake up early and go class is a real motivation suppressant.

I will say, though, it's kind of nice being on campus when it's basically empty.

3. No going out...

You'll probably be a little down because you might not be able to really go out at all during the time you're in class. For me, I go to lecture every morning, come home and do homework for that class, then do homework for my online class. I have some free time on the weekends, but I try to use those lecture-free days to study or work on papers.

4. But being super busy

Even though you might not be able to go out like a summer off, you'll be keeping yourself busy with all that super fun homework I mentioned.

5. Stress

Yes, summer classes can be a little stressful and it's pretty much all thanks to how fast-paced they are. Just do what I do: make a homework and project schedule as soon as you can and remind yourself how short it is.

Summer classes are not the worst thing in the world, and if you choose to take one at some point it won't be absolutely horrible. The nice thing about them is it's like ripping off a Band-Aid; it may be a little painful and annoying, but it's over so fast you don't suffer. Pick your class and professor wisely and get down to business; taking the class means you're one step closer to graduation!

So, to anyone else taking a summer class: good luck and you got this!

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