Simon's Fall Survival Guide
It's the season of Pumpkin Spice, Leaf Peepers, Homecoming, and new freshmen! The fall at Dartmouth is my favorite season for a lot of reasons, so I thought I would compile an exhaustive list of my favorite things to do during the fall. Whether staying inside and sipping hot chocolate while watching a movie, or getting outside and involved with intermural sports and campus traditions, there are so many things to do during the best season ever.
First of all, I have to start with the foliage. While students sometimes like to make fun of leaf peepers, the fall foliage is really unlike anything else I have ever seen. Coming from Hawai'i where we don't really have recognizable seasons, it was so cool to see the leaves slowly crisp and turn the orange, yellow, and red tones that I had only ever seen in pictures before. This is a great time to go for walks around campus, take hikes, or just study by a big window and watch the leaves fall!
Another great way to get involved with the fall environment is to go Pumpkin or Apple picking. My freshman Fall Term, I went apple picking at Poverty Lane Orchards with my floor and had a great time tasting fresh apples, cider, and picking apples to take home! I even made a couple of new friends on the trip, and it we definitely a highlight of the term. My improv group also takes new members pumpkin picking as one of the first events every fall, and I had my carved pumpkin in my room for a few weeks before winter break. There are plenty of opportunities to go on trips like these through freshman floors, housing communities, campus clubs, and through the Collis Center.
Another one of my favorite things to do in the fall is to join an intermural sports team. Some friends and I decided to register an intermural soccer team to play in a co-ed league my sophomore Fall Term, and we met to play and practice about three times a week. It was a great scheduled way to not only make time to see my friends but to stay active and get outside when it can be hard to be motivated by the cold weather. Unfortunately, we didn’t win a game that season but we did score some goals and spent a lot of time together.
Overall, I’m a big fan of the fall. It’s not too cold yet so you can still go outside, but cold enough that you can bundle up when you’re outside at the Homecoming football game. There’s time to meet new freshman, join new clubs, and make new friends, but also time to connect with old ones, and take some time alone to enjoy the weather and the environment around Hanover!