Some might bundle up and avoid going outdoors, or some might embrace the chill in various outdoor activities.
Junior Haley Smith grew up in Arizona. At first, she wondered why anyone would want to go to school in the middle of Iowa.
“[It’s] cold, and there isn’t much to do here,” Smith said. After being on campus she learned that getting her mind off the cold weather helps her get through these cold dreary months.
“Occupy yourself with other things on cold days, focus on studies or friends,” Smith said. “I don’t like the cold, so that is what gets me through.”
Smith has learned to appreciate some aspects of a Midwestern fall, such as the leaves, pumpkin patches and hot cocoa.
Freshman Kate Arnold, a Nebraska native, advised her friends to embrace the cold.
“Bundle up, because it’s going to get really cold pretty soon,” Arnold said. She encourages others to “step off the path and step on the crunchy leaves!”
Many on campus have experienced the autumn cold for many years, and have learned to enjoy it in various ways.
Freshman Samantha Schlecht enjoys the weather by taking bike rides and going on runs. She then warms up by taking coffee dates with friends.
Whether you enjoy grabbing a sweater and jumping in the leaves, or you prefer to stay indoors with a warm cup of apple cider with a friend, this season has activities for everyone to enjoy.