GRACE’S VIEW: The turning weather

Teen Beat | Grace Fowler

It’s finally fall. Living in a non air-conditioned dorm, I will be the first to tell you that it can not come soon enough. I am usually cold when I climb into bed and so the relief I get when I can cuddle under my comforter is welcome. I can finally actually sit in my room without feeling like I am trying to do my homework in a sauna.

Perhaps one of my favorite parts about the turning weather is the wardrobe change that becomes necessary. I can finally wear scarves and jeans with sweaters. These are some of my favorite types of outfits because you are able to wear layers without feeling like a marshmallow, but it still gives you a feeling of being cozy.

In my opinion, fall is the most beautiful season because of the leaves falling. Usually we are too busy to watch their color change and see how more and more fall to the ground every day. However, I am outside a lot walking from class to class and this gives me a little more time in my day to take some deep breaths and watch them slowly sway to the ground.

I know it sounds kind of mushy and a bit like a Lifetime movie but it makes me contemplate the bigger things in my life. My mood tends to become a little more serious during autumn. Watching the leaves fall makes me think about what I am really doing with my life. Why did I make the decisions that I did? Why do I actually want to be a doctor? I will literally be in school until I am about 32 and I don’t know if I can handle it. They say the average college freshman will change their major something like three or four times before they graduate. I am already so stressed out and overwhelmed by the amount of work that has been piled on my shoulders and I am just wondering what I really want to do for the rest of my life. It’s really scary and overwhelming right now, but I’m hoping after the next few months I can settle my thoughts a bit.

As I walk outside, the brisk air blows back my hair and usually helps to put my thoughts back into perspective. I might be stressing about a test or a quiz that I just took, but somehow the breeze is usually able to make me focus on the here and now and take it one step at a time.

Each season definitely evokes different emotions and I think it is crucial to be aware of this. It might help to explain a sudden change in mood. I hear there is a place on campus where you can go sit in front of a sun lamp in the winter time to get your sun and vitamin D fix. I’m going to have to find out where that place is because I can see myself needing it.

Grace Fowler is a Greenville High School graduate and a Hope College freshman. She can be reached at gfowler@staffordgroup.com.

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