11 Ways to Have an Incredible Autumn


There’s no need to feel down that summer is over — autumn brings a huge number of opportunities when you’re at university. In particular, here are a few things students can do to have an incredible autumn.

1. Prepare Homemade Hot Chocolate

You’ve probably noticed that the instant hot chocolate you make at home tastes nothing like the beverages you find at coffee shops. However, it is possible to prepare delicious hot chocolate yourself. Instead of the packets you mix with water, you’ll need cocoa powder, sugar, milk, vanilla extract, and your favourite toppings. It takes barely any effort to make the drink — and it will definitely become something you look forward to at the end of the day.

2. Enjoy the Autumn Colours

There are many ways to enjoy the changing colours of autumn. If there’s a forest near you, a nature walk can be a great way to spend the weekend. Alternatively, you could head to a farm where you can observe the autumn leaves as you take a hayride. Farms also tend to have other activities, like corn mazes, apple picking, and pumpkin patches.

3. Host a Movie Marathon

A cold day when you and your friends would rather not venture outside is ideal for a movie night. If it’s near Halloween, a scary movie marathon could be perfect.

4. Attend a Blood Drive

Vampires are not the only ones who want your blood: there are always blood drives taking place that could benefit from a few more volunteers. Commemorate Halloween this year by donating blood, and consider signing up for alerts about when the blood drive is back in your area.

5. Knit Something

If you don’t know how to knit, now’s the time to learn. You could start with something simple like a scarf and give it to a family member or friend as a Christmas gift.

6. Have an Autumn Cleaning

Instead of waiting another six months until spring, give your apartment a deep clean now. You’ll be changing your wardrobe anyway — you may as well sort out the rest of your belongings. Throw out old papers you no longer need, sell textbooks from classes you’ve completed, and donate any clothing you’re unlikely to wear again.

7. Discover a New TV Show

You’ll likely be spending more time indoors over the next few months. Find a new show to watch when you need a break from studying.

8. Start a Craft Project

Another way to use your downtime is on craft projects. You could even make something to decorate your apartment for the autumn, such as a candle, wreath, or artificial flowers.

9. Press Autumn Leaves

While out on an autumn walk, pick up any particularly attractive leaves you find, take them home with you, and press them. You can use them in your art projects, make greetings cards, or just frame them as pictures for the wall.

10. Bake Some Treats

Baking is an ideal autumn activity because the heat of the oven makes your kitchen extra cozy. Top options to make are cookies, pie, and pumpkin bread — or you could even attempt caramel apples. Whatever you choose, it’s sure to be popular with your friends.

11. Learn the Thriller Choreography

You need to stay fit in the autumn, even when it’s cold or rainy out. A fun way to exercise at home is to learn the Thriller dance. If you start practising the choreography early, you’ll be able to show off your moves at Halloween parties.

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