“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
Fall has always been a little bit of a myth for me. In Houston, there’s summer and there’s the kind-of-cold-but-not-really season. Also, most of our trees are pines and oaks, so we don’t really see the leaves change color. I’d heard tales of the beautiful autumnal glow that the east coast takes on come late September, but no amount of stories and pictures could prepare me for it. You can probably imagine my incredulity when I woke up one morning at Dartmouth and found that the trees were turning into bright clusters of reds and yellows. They sparkled under the sun and the fallen leaves danced in the wind. Fall is a beautiful sight unlike any other.
I’m only about 3 weeks into my first experience with a real fall but it’s already my new favorite season. Everyday, I find myself pausing just to admire my campus on the way to class. I’m particularly enjoying the food that comes with fall weather. I’m always here for apple, cinnamon, and pumpkin spice galore!
I learned that part of making the most of autumn means going apple and pumpkin picking. Some of my classmates and I travelled to Riverview Farm, an expansive yet quaint farm with a great view of the Connecticut River.
We got lost in and found our way out of a labyrinthine corn maze, drank hot apple cider, ate maple popcorn, and searched for the perfect pumpkins. I picked up an adorable white one which now sits on my desk and is the perfect accent to my dorm room.
This season very much reminds me of my experience as a freshman. I’m going through such an immense amount of change and growth so quickly, but I believe the outcome is turning out to be quite beautiful. I’m truly having the time of my life in college.
I haven’t written on here in so long because it’s difficult to encapsulate these experiences into blog posts. Still, I’m hoping to start posting on here regularly again to give what insight I can into my freshman experience.
I feel so lucky that I’ll be able to witness a Dartmouth fall 3 more times. I have a feeling each one will be more magical than the previous. I can’t wait to share with you guys what else I’ve been up to since I got to campus!