Athens, OH 4 November 2018 –
Fall Semester is my favorite time to be in Athens for endless reasons. To name a few in particular, Homecoming weekend and Halloween weekend have always been memorable. Alumni trek back to their old stomping ground for the parade and the football game during Homecoming weekend. Similarly, people flood the streets of Athens for Halloween weekend as the city population triples for two days.
Located in the Unglaciated Allegheny Plateau, Athens does not disappoint when it comes to the beauty of changing seasons. Vibrant leaves fill the sky with color before they participate in their annual autumn leaf drop.
As these natural changes take place, it reminds me of another phenomenon of the Fall semester; the growth, intellectually and socially, of the first-semester Freshmen. Starting with Welcome weekend in late August, I observe the first-year students develop a sense of who they are and what they want to accomplish as they embark on their journey at Ohio University.
For most college students, this is the biggest lifestyle transition they have ever experienced. Furthermore, living on your own and being responsible for making all of your decisions shows one’s true colors. Personally, Athens has been a great environment for me to learn, grow, and explore as a student.
Above is a photo I took on Court Street outside of Baker Center that is just a sampling of the stunning Fall views in Athens. Many more gorgeous sights can be seen whilst hiking Strouds Run State Park or Radar Hill (two common hiking destinations of mine).