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An Apple-lutely Amazing Fall

Fátima shares some of the ways she has enjoyed her fall so far!

Fátima shares some of the ways she has enjoyed her fall so far!


Take out your best flannel sweaters, make yourself your pumpkin spice dessert of choice, and start writing your Black Friday list, because fall is here! Autumn has arrived at Carleton, and I’ve got all the in-cider information for you (see what I did there?).

My first ever fall!

The first fall leaf I picked, pictured while I was working in Myers' lounge.
The first fall leaf I picked.

I have been going on and on about how excited I am to experience a Minnesota winter for the first time, because, truth be told, I did not expect fall to be this incredibly beautiful! Once the leaves started changing to the most amazing shades of orange, yellow, and even purple, I quickly began fall-ing for the season. (Brace yourself–the puns will not stop. I just feel like they are apple-priate for the occasion.)

The breathtaking scenery has actually inspired me to leave my dorm more often and walk to the library to do my homework. On the way there, I have to cross the Bald Spot, which is always decorated with the vibrant colors that characterize this time of the year. A couple of times, the view of the Chapel has been so astounding, I cannot help but do my homework under the shade of a tree.

Beautiful Sunset in Evans
A picture that I took while video calling my dad–the sun hits Evans just right.

As much as I love the sound that crunchy leaves make when you step on them, or LDC‘s apple crisp with ice cream, my favorite element of fall so far has to be the sunsets. My Myers room has not been blessed with a view of the lake, but that hasn’t stopped me from appreciating the evenings. Whether in Sayles, the CMC, or Myers’ lounge, I regularly try to find a way to admire the sunset. It is truly the highlight of my day.

Fall traditions with friends

It is a tradition here at Carleton to inaugurate the fall by going apple picking. The Students Activity Office organizes annual trips to the Fireside Orchard so that we can go apple picking and try some of the finest apple cider and donuts you can find on this side of the Mississippi. (Full disclosure, I have never tried any other apple cider or donuts on this side of the Mississippi.)

My international friends and I, who had never done anything like this before, excitedly jumped onto the first bus to the orchard. Once there, we spent some time walking around, getting the juiciest apples we could find, and playing some cornhole. Because we ended up with an excessive amount of apples, we headed to the Dacie Moses House and baked some apple pie. Although our first attempt wasn’t exactly perfect, we had a lot of fun making it, and it was a smash hit with our floormates!

The Apple Pie we baked
An attempt at an apple pie.

That same day, we went to our first-ever American football game. It was Carleton vs. Hamline University, and we won! Though all of us were completely ignorant of the rules of American football, this opportunity was too a-peel-ing to turn. Despite our cluelessness, we had fun and learned a thing or two about the oh-so-popular sport.

Now that fall has so pleasantly surprised me, I cannot wait to see what new adventures winter has to offer! But until then, thank you for reading! I apple-ogize for all of the horrible puns.

My friends and I apple picking
I couldn’t have PICKED better friends! (Pun totally intended!)
Me and my friends in our first American Football game
My friends and I enjoying our first American football game.

Fátima strives to learn everything about everything, but is especially interested in Sociology/AnthropologyPsychology, and Disney! As a freshman, she can’t wait to introduce her peers to her native Guatemalan culture, put in practice her newly acquired ASL skills, and play in the snow for the first time. In her free time, Fátima can be found watching cartoons, poorly playing the ukulele, or desperately missing her dog, Cosmo. Meet the other bloggers!