By: Jennica Lurie @JennicaLurie
The transition from summer into the school year is hard for many, but with fall coming in like a wrecking ball, the idea of hot apple cider, #HallOUween and cuddling by the fireplace sedates the mind. While summer is great because of our freedom from the dozens of obligations that the school year brings, fall is in a category of its own. It’s a time to learn and grow without feeling overwhelmed by not having enough time to boost your grade in that one class, or rushing to finish the cover letter for that dream summer internship. There are 3 things we, as college students, must remember when trying to survive and thrive during the fall season:
- Look around you. This is the most beautiful season of them all. The leaves start to change colors and OU becomes one of the prettiest places you can imagine. So instead of getting ridiculously overwhelmed by that paper, two midterms and four club meetings, you have the opportunity take a deep breath and look around. Look up from your phone as you walk to class just one time. Take your headphones out and listen to the sounds of fall. Take it all in, because fall at Ohio University is as good as it gets.
- You have time. As a PR major, fall is the time to research that internship that you’ve wanted for so long. The great part about it is that you can spend hours upon hours looking up internships that lead you from one website to the next without the pressure of application due dates around the corner. You should absolutely be thinking about what you want to do this upcoming summer, but it is important to remember there is still time. Email the professors that you would like a letter of recommendation from, just to say hi and check in. Maintain important connections that will help you get where you want to go. But most importantly, don’t lose sight of the fact that you’re at the best college in the nation (maybe I’m biased) pursuing exactly the right major for you. Everything else will fall into place (pun intended).
- Fall activities are the best. Personally, my favorite fall activity is drinking hot cider wrapped up in a blanket by the fireplace with my best friends. When else can you drink hot caramel apple cider and not feel the least bit guilty about it? Immerse yourself in all things fall because when winter hits you’ll be sad you didn’t make that one last trip to the pumpkin patch or lose yourself in a corn maze.
I could go on and on about all of the fantastic opportunities fall brings, but these three concepts are vital in making the best of your fall experience this year. Don’t miss out on the hype because you were too lazy to leave your dorm on a Sunday afternoon, even though you didn’t have any homework to do. Just always remember, soon the trees will be bare and Starbucks will stop serving the hot caramel apple cider that you’ve craved all season.