Autumn is upon us and so is the time to revel in all things that make it awesome. Not just any season can have the distinction of having two names. Here are some of the reasons why the Campus Companion loves autumn/fall:
If you’re from or go to school in New England, you know that the fall foliage is something truly majestic to behold. Everything and everyone looks better in the light of an autumn afternoon with the sun reflecting off the honey yellow and crimson leaves. Back when I was college freshman, one of the Facebook groups that everyone belonged to was “I Will Go Slightly Out of My Way to Step on That Crunchy-looking Leaf,” and when is there really a better season to engage in such a treasured pastime?
There’s nothing quite like the fall farmer’s markets that crop up this time of year. Everything from apple cider to snickerdoodles to artisan breads to pumpkin pies. It’s also a great date option.
As a collector of boots and scarves, I eagerly anticipate the days when the temperature falls below 50 degrees. Pair those items with some tights, a killer skirt in an awesome autumn palate, and a sweet coat and you’ve got an outfit that is school-ready, work-ready, and party-ready.
The Start of School:
Okay, the whole academic part might not be the greatest thing in the world, but for many, autumn represents the start of a new year. New Year’s doesn’t really hold as much significance for the average student, and September carries with it all of the possibilities of a new hairstyle, new crowd, new significant other, and new view on life. The start of school is a rebirth for many every year.
Everyone is just plain nice in the fall. The weather is in the 60s and 70s, which is perfect weather to do anything from sailing to beaching to apple picking. Also,people’s Vitamin D deficiencies that keep them slow and lethargic in the winter haven’t kicked in yet because they’re still recharged in the summer. Basically, fall is the best time of year to win friends and influence people.
The Autumn Holidays:
Halloween and Thanksgiving? How can you lose with that? Within a month, you get chocolate, mashed potatoes, costumes, turkey, jack-o-lanterns, hay rides, Black Friday, and “the one night a year when a girl can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it.” (see Mean Girls)
High School Homecoming, College Homecoming, and NFL Monday Night Football. Things I personally don’t understand, but I do value that they are important to a lot of people.
After an abbreviated 2011-2012 Season, the NBA is back on October 30th with the Boston Celtics facing the Miami Heat, and the Los Angeles Lakers hosting the Dallas Mavericks. Oh, and the Wizards and Cavaliers will “play,” too. In the interim, I’m going to be working on my Celtics flexing and ordering some OKC Thunder swag from Amazon.
Fall movies are usually pretty fantastic, and this year is no exception. There is no excuse not to go to Cheap Movie Tuesday! In the pipeline we have…
Looper (September 28) – JGL/Bruce Willis Topsy Turvy Time Travel flick
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (September 21) – Emma Watson as not-Hermione Granger
The Master (September 21) – Remember that time when Joaquin Phoenix went all batshit crazy as some kind of stunt? Pretty sure this movie channels some of that.
Skyfall (November 9) – The latest Bond flick looks epic. Hopefully, it takes after Casino Royale and not Quantum of Solace.
Lincoln (November 16) – DDL and JGL
The Silver Linings Playbook (November 21) – Jennifer Lawrence is going to have the kind of career that Kristen Stewart wishes she could have
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (December 14–technically not winter yet) – Not too wild about the fact that they broke the book up into 3 movies. As far as I can remember from the book, not much happens aside from those three goblins turning to stone, Bilbo finding the Ring, and Smaug. So this should be interesting, and at the very least, make some diehard LOTR fans nostalgic for 2001.
September is a big month for music across all genres. Some albums to keep your eyes peeled for include Mumford & Sons’ Babel, Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor II, The Killers’ Battleborn, No Doubt’s Push and Shove, Ben Folds Five’s The Sound of the Life of the Mind, and Kanye’s Cruel Summer.