It’s safe to say that the majority of college students feel homesick within the first semester of college. For me, I knew I wouldn’t feel completely detached from life at home due to the amount of times my mother posts on Facebook everyday and the constant Snapchats I get from my little sister on a daily basis. But, after being in college for nearly two months, the homesickness is beginning to creep up into my life in ways that I would never have anticipated.
The fall season reminds me of home in so many ways. As of late, I noticed that walking to class feels like one big cliché. Stepping on the leaves makes me think of bike rides with my sister Megan, and I start to think about all the autumnal traditions my family is participating in without me. Fall break may be right around the corner, and the days seem to pass by even slower when I realize that I could be apple picking instead of learning about Latin derivatives. Of course there are worse things in the world than feeling a bit homesick, but it’s definitely something most people experience in their lifetime. I’m lucky to have grown up in a household where I was loved and supported unconditionally, and seeing my family next week will be well worth my time away.
In the meantime, I decided to buy a new notebook and make a list of things to look forward to during the fall season. Making lists is a habit of mine, and it often ends up being therapeutic. Rather than dwelling on the things I’m missing out on, here are some things that I can still appreciate on my own at this time of year:
- Dark Lipstick. There’s automatically something really special about waking up in the morning and wearing deep burgundy on my lips. For me, autumnal lipsticks instantly sets the mood for the season and excites me for what the rest of the day has in store. (high end berry lipstick, drugstore
- Halloween. This means that it’s time to decorate my suite with mini pumpkins and finally bring out all of the decorations I bought at Target! Nothing is more exciting than preparing to celebrate a holiday 🙂
- Layering. It’s finally time to pack up the same pair of shorts I’ve been wearing for the past month- (every outfit just looks the same when you have limited resources in the blistering heat), and exchange everything for thick knit sweaters, scarves, pants, and boots. I still haven’t fully adjusted my wardrobe due to the annoying weather patterns that’s been plaguing Philly, but I know that a shopping trip for fall clothing is in my future.
- Tea. I don’t consider myself an avid tea drinker, however the access Teavana tea at Starbucks has suddenly changed that. At home, I have an iron teapot from Teavana that is designed for steeping loose teas. My favorite is the Youthberry flavor. I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, (I had to) but there’s something about watching tea leaves settled at the bottom of a cup that makes me feel as extra cozy.
Here are a few links to my favorite sources of Autumnal inspiration. Enjoy(:
Autumn Makeup Looks
QOTW: What cheers you up when you’re feeling down?