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Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice

As the door closes on the summer season, another one opens to welcome the most colorful time of year. Yes, the season of flannels, boots, and pumpkin spice has officially arrived; the period for fall foliage and cooler weather is here and ready to stay. 

Fall is a wonderful season, but it comes with a price for students. The time where classes are in full swing, and deadlines and exams are upon us.

You may ask, how can college students find ways to enter the fall mindset when studying and working are their main priorities? Well, here are a few to consider:

Break out your fall wardrobe. The upcoming fall trends are here and ready to ramp up your closet. Fall is all about style – fresh color combinations and making the most out of your outfits. It’s time to store away the tank tops and flowy pants so oversized sweaters, scarves, dark rinse jeans, and boots can thrive. Fall is the chicest season, so wear your best looks and stay warm in the brisk temperatures. 

For countless students, the fall also represents comfort and warmth. Choosing comfort over style is one of the best decisions a student can make, especially if classes are all day. Gabby Ciervo, senior English student says, “Any day I can put a sweatshirt on, I will be the happiest person in the world,” she said. 

Whether you choose the elegant fashion trends or the cozy lifestyle, setting aside your fall clothing encourages you to embrace the fall spirit.

Be exposed to everything pumpkin. There’s nothing better than spending an afternoon walking through a pumpkin patch. As Halloween creeps closer, painting or carving a pumpkin is an activity that will certainly get you in the fall spirit! The most popular fall flavor also happens to be pumpkin, so get out and grab a pumpkin-flavored treat!

Dunkin Donuts has added several items to their pumpkin style menu, including the infamous Pumpkin Donut and the brand new Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Signature Latte. Make sure to stop by Dunkin Donuts in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center to fulfill your pumpkin cravings.Pumpkin Spice 2

Have a scary movie marathon. Spending a chilly night bundled under blankets and watching Halloween or scary movies? Yes, please. Hours of watching fall-themed movies are sure to get you in the spooky spirit. 

Dana Caterina, a junior English student is particularly excited to indulge in these films this time of year, “I love movies and the fact that there is a whole genre dedicated to fall is perfect. I am very excited to see Freeform’s 31 Nights of Halloween,” she said.

If you are unsure about what to watch, a few films to consider during this fall season are the Halloween franchise, Hocus Pocus, Scream, and even the classic It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.

Now grab a few friends or family members and make your way through a few of these movies.

Go apple picking. Spending a beautiful, crisp afternoon with loved ones picking apples is what the fall season is all about. Battleview Orchards in Freehold is a great option – appreciate the fresh autumn air and unwind by picking up a few apples either as a snack or to use for future baked goods, such as apple cider donuts or an apple pie. Priscilla C. Gac-Artigas, Ph.D., Professor of Spanish and Latin American Literature, loves participating in this fall activity. 

“Now that I have my granddaughter who is very young, I like taking her apple picking. It really brings the family together and it is a lot of fun” says Gac-Artigas.

The domesticity of fall allows for a greater season. Not only do you get to indulge in delicious apples, but you get to spend quality time with those you love. 

Apple picking is a beautiful fall festivity, so make sure you and a couple of your closest pals make plans to dress cute and go pick some apples.

Decorate. Strolling through Target today, you will find all sorts of fall décor to spice up your home. To name a few, fall throw pillows, scented candles, and ceramic pumpkins are just a few of the many decorations that give your home a cozy, rustic vibe of the harvest season.

Pinterest is a great option for people that want to make their own décor – DIY creations are affordable and simple enough that anyone could give it a try.

From dining table centerpieces to autumn wreaths, you are definitely going to find some decoration you are interested in recreating.

Now that you have five ways to get into the fall spirit, get to executing a few of them to really feel the fall spirit.

PHOTO TAKEN by Chloe Barone

PHOTO TAKEN by Chloe Barone