As we are all aware, fall is in the air. Last Thursday was the Autumn Equinox, or the first day of this beautiful season! It is noticeable in the weather as it begins to get colder, in the stores as decorations line the aisles, and in the trees as the beautiful mixture of colors dot our campus and the mountains.
We are in week six of the semester, which is crazy! During this time, as I am finding myself a little overwhelmed, it’s especially important to get outside. It is super easy to lock yourself in your room and study, do homework, and stress. However, your brain needs a break every once in a while. This past weekend, I went backpacking for the first time. I went to Kenosha Pass and hiked along part of the Colorado Trail. I worked hard the weeks before because I knew I wouldn’t have time to do much school work that weekend. So, the weeks before the trip were extremely rough, getting caught up and most importantly staying ahead on homework but the adventure was definitely worth it. Taking a couple days off to destress and get some sleep (I got 10 hours of sleep because I went to bed right when the sun went down! :D) was necessary for me to keep going this week and to refresh my mind. Also, the aspen leaves were changing colors, and it was absolutely GORGEOUS, hence the pictures.
College is stressful. We all experience it in different ways, and we all deal with it in different ways. In such a beautiful city like Boulder and the state of Colorado, we are lucky to be able to easily go on a hike and get out to adventure. If you are itching for an opportunity to see those fall colors, there are plenty of beautiful hikes (short and long) at Chautauqua, which is a really close bike ride, drive, or walk from campus. If you haven’t been there, you should go!. It is good to get out with some friends and experience the world around you. It’s not necessary to take a whole weekend off but be sure to take care of yourself during these rough weeks. You can easily take a Saturday or Sunday morning off and use it to destress in the mountains by hiking, hammocking, climbing, etc.
Most of all, stay healthy, mentally and physically. As the weather gets colder, people seem to be getting sicker. Living in such close quarters with everyone in the dorms and apartments, it is important to take care of yourself and to stay healthy. I am one who absolutely cannot stand to admit it when I am sick because I do not want to miss out on classes and events since they can be difficult to make up. Sometimes, the best way to get better is to rest. So, don’t ignore what your body is telling you but try your very best to still do all your homework and get to class.
Overall, enjoy college and take care of your mind and body! And don’t forget to get out and “leaf” some time to look at all the pretty leaves and nature.
Wishing you a great next couple of fall weeks!