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How to Make the Most of Fall

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With a plethora of assignments, homework, and other stressful tasks on your plate, you may find yourself lacking the time and energy to make the most of fall. Although fall is the time of the year when you have just begun getting back into your day-to-day routine, there are several ways you can embrace the season that require minimal time and effort. Here are a few of them!

1. Watch Holiday Movies and T.V. Shows

Sitting on the couch with a hot cup of tea in my hands as Gilmore Girls plays on the television is all I need to get into the fall mood. Nostalgic movies and shows are the perfect activity to enjoy the season while also relaxing. Whether you snuggle up on the couch to watch a cozy film or a spooky movie, holiday television will allow you to unwind after a long day while still embracing the fall season.

2. Bake Fall Desserts

There's nothing quite like enjoying a pumpkin-spiced baked good during fall. Even if you don't consider yourself a baker, this season is the perfect opportunity to explore the kitchen. Baking a pumpkin loaf or pumpkin pie will undoubtedly get you into the fall mood and allow you to enjoy the season to the fullest. If baking isn't for you, you can challenge yourself to make pumpkin-flavored drinks at home, including a pumpkin spice latte or pumpkin spice chai latte.

3. Purchase Pumpkin-Flavored Items

During this time of year, grocery stores are full of pumpkin-flavored foods and drinks; buy some pumpkin-flavored items such as pumpkin biscotti, pumpkin cinnamon rolls, pumpkin ice cream, and fall leaf corn tortilla chips from Trader Joe's. Of course, there's always the pumpkin cream cold brew from Starbucks! Treating yourself to pumpkin-flavored drinks and food items will certainly allow you to get in the fall mood.

4. Put Up Fall Decor

As we head deeper into fall and the weather starts to cool, putting up fall decor is a sure way to get into the spirit. Leaving fall foliage and pumpkins around and hanging a wreath on the front door of your home are some affordable and simple ways to decorate for fall.

5. Get Into Fall Fashion

Say goodbye to shorts and tank tops— fall is the time to throw on sweatpants, wear scarves, and cozy up in a sweater! There's something for everyone, regardless of your style. Dressing in fall clothing colors such as burgundy, greens, browns, and navy is another option, and one that will get you into the fall spirit.

6. Get Outside

After enduring the summer heat, fall is the time for outdoor activities. If you feel like clearing your head and getting some fresh air, go on a quick walk. Or, you can visit a pumpkin patch instead of purchasing one from the store. Apple picking is another outdoor activity perfect for fall, which can be used to make pies and applesauce.

7. Visit The Farmer's Market

With the abundance of tasty vegetables fall offers, head to a nearby farmer's market to purchase items like pears, apples, squash, pumpkins, and sweet potatoes. Getting your hands on fall produce will provide you with the ingredients you need to make delicious meals for celebrating Halloween and Thanksgiving!

8. Enjoy a Good Book

After attending school and completing homework for hours on end, grabbing a book and relaxing is all that you need. Take a break from working on essays and papers for school and lose yourself in a good book.

It is possible to enjoy fall and make the most out of the season while dedicating time to studying for tests and finishing assignments, among more time-consuming tasks. Find small ways to make the most out of fall throughout your day, whether that be by watching a nostalgic T.V. show or lighting a pumpkin spice-scented candle while you study.

Sophene Avedissian
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Sophene Avedissian is a sophomore in high school. She writes for her school newspaper, Spyglass, the Los Angeles Times High School Insider, and the Youth Civics Initiative. During her free time, Sophene enjoys reading, playing soccer, and spending time with family and friends.