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Falling in love with fall

With a new season arriving, there are plenty of ways to stay busy while getting outside
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Gorgeous fall colors are a great reason to get outdoors.

As the leaves start to fall and the trees start to turn, it’s clear that there is a seasonal shift in place. It’s finally time for the best season of the year: fall. 

Fall is one of those special times of the year that can appeal to everyone. While summer is too hot, winter is too cold and spring is too rainy, fall has more of a calming feel. The perfect mix of not too hot and cold allows everyone to dress comfortably and fashionably.

It’s the last hurrah before snow starts to plague the ground, but it’s also a perfect time to get away from the heat brought by July and August. Fall is the perfect time for everyone to get outside. 

Fall brings a few of my favorite things such as Starbucks bringing back pumpkin spice lattes. If that doesn’t make it feel like fall, then I don’t know what will. I’m not even a coffee drinker, but I’ll still stop into the nearest Starbucks to indulge in the pumpkin flavored caffeine. 

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Another fun part of fall is changing up my closet. I’m able to pack away my shorts and tank tops and welcome back my comfy sweaters and ripped jeans. For those not into dressing like a typical Instagram post, this is still the perfect time to break out the sweatpants and hoodies. 

Without a doubt, my favorite fall based activity is football. As a huge Packers fan and avid football follower, there is nothing I love more than going to a game at Carson Park or sitting in my dorm cheering on green and gold.

Not a football fan? I’d still highly recommend getting out to support our Blugolds. There’s truly no better fall experience than feeling that gametime atmosphere. 

While these are just some of my favorite fall activities, there’s truly something for everyone. 

Even if you are a homebody, fall is the perfect time to get outside and experience different activities. Going outside and taking advantage of the fall weather is also a great way to boost mental health. 

With school and homesickness wearing some students down, the best cure is to get out and experience the joys of fall. Just looking at the falling leaves and colorful trees is a great way to get in touch with nature while also checking in on yourself.

A fun and simple way to get into the season is by going to one of Eau Claire’s many apple orchards. Whether it’s hitting up Connell’s Family Orchard or Leffel Roots Apple Orchard, there are plenty of opportunities to pick a sweet fruit while getting outside with your friends. 

Not to mention, checking on events happening around campus is always a great way to celebrate fall while meeting new people and trying new things.

Even if fall isn’t your favorite season, there are clearly many different ways to get involved this season before we are forced to hide from the cold in the coming months. It’s time to enjoy this last month or so by getting outside and finding ways to get fresh air.

But whenever you’re ready to get back inside, it’s never too early to turn on your favorite Halloween movie and start preparing for the next major holiday. 

Hokanson can be reached at [email protected].


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Hailey Hokanson, Staff Writer
Hailey Hokanson is a first-year business communications student. This is her first semester on the Spectator. Whenever she isn't busy playing tennis or joining everything on campus, Hailey enjoys watching sports, listening to Taylor Swift, reading random books and wishing she had chosen a warmer state for college.

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