A college student guide to embracing fall

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A terrifying pumpkin, a staple of the fall season. Photo by Henry Gramling.

The fall season is upon us, and the University of Dallas is awash with vibrant colors and the crisp scent of autumn in the air. For UD students, this is a time of transition, midterms, and the promise of new experiences. Amid the busy schedules and academic pressures, it’s important to find moments to savor the season. Here are six must-do activities that can help UD students make the most of this beautiful time of year.

1. Explore the Great Outdoors: Dallas Arboretum

As the leaves change and the temperatures drop, there’s no better time to explore the natural beauty that surrounds our city. UD is located right by the big city of Dallas which allows students to explore the Dallas Arboretum, which tends to get very festive during fall with a seasonal pumpkin festival. I found this a great place to go walk with friends and have some warm hot chocolate at their café. Just being outside with nature can do wonders for the mood and overall well-being.

2. Fall Into the Spirit: Attend Local Festivals

Fall is festival season, and Mandalay Canal Walk At Las Colinas always has something special going for fall. Just last October they had local craft fairs, food tastings and live music. It’s a chance to experience the community, taste seasonal treats and maybe even discover some unique handmade “pumpkin spice bombs.”

3. Seasonal Flavors: Embrace Comfort Food

Let’s face it – fall is all about comfort food. It’s a time for warm, hearty meals that soothe the soul. Local coffee shops like La Madeleine, Pax & Beneficia and Cuppa Espresso Bar offer a range of fall themed drinks and pastries such as pumpkin spice lattes, apple pies and warm cider. Sharing a meal with friends at a cozy café is a great way to enjoy the season and make memories.

4. Creative Pursuits: Capture the Beauty of Fall

Autumn is a photographer’s dream, with its range of colors and unique lighting. Whether you’re an aspiring photographer or just want to document the season, grab your camera or smartphone and go for a photo walk. You’ll find picturesque scenes everywhere you look, from tree-lined pathways to quaint streets adorned with fall decorations. Maybe even take a look around UD’s wooded areas, taking time to appreciate the new weather. Sharing your creations with friends and family is a good way to bond during the season.

5. Get Sporty: Attend A Sports Game

Fall, Texas and sports go hand in hand, especially after the big Rangers win last week. Even if you’re not a die-hard sports fan, attending a game can be a thrilling experience. The energy of the crowd, the school spirit and the excitement of the game are contagious. Whether your team wins or loses, the memories of cheering with friends in the crisp fall air will last a lifetime. If you can’t get off campus, take a look at UD’s own home games and get out of the dorm to support your fellow students.

6. Cozy Evenings: Movie Nights and Bonfires

As the evenings grow cooler, take advantage of cozy indoor and outdoor activities. Host movie nights with your roommates or organize a bonfire with friends. Snuggle up with blankets, share stories and roast marshmallows. These gatherings are perfect for fostering deeper connections with your college community. The fall season offers college students a chance to step back from the academic grind and enjoy the wonders of the world around them. From outdoor adventures and seasonal flavors to city festivals and shared experiences, there are countless ways to celebrate this beautiful time of year. So, seize the season and make the most of your college years because before you know it, winter will be here, and you’ll be making new memories of a different kind.

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