“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf becomes a flower.”
– Albert Camus, French philosopher
Fall has officially arrived in Minnesota. The leaves have turned from green to brilliant shades of red, yellow and orange, and are falling from the trees. The air is crisp and students are pulling out their scarves and sweaters. The change of seasons brings a host of fun traditions at St. Thomas. Here are just a few of my favorite ways to celebrate autumn:
Walk along the Mississippi River. At St. Thomas, we are so lucky to have a beautiful campus situated between Minneapolis and St. Paul, and just a short walk from the Mississippi River. This time of year is perfect for a walk on the path along Mississippi River Boulevard. There is a marvelous view of the river and the beautiful fall colors.
Visit an apple orchard on Tuesday, Oct. 14. St. Thomas Activities and Recreation (STAR) organizes a ton of great events for students throughout the year, including numerous opportunities to celebrate the different seasons. One quintessential fall activity is a trip to a local apple orchard or pumpkin patch to take advantage of the fall harvest. Pick your own apples, drink warm apple cider and eat delicious apple treats to really get yourself into the spirit of autumn. Buses will leave at 4 p.m. on Tuesday from Flynn Hall.
Celebrate St. Thomas at Purple on the Plaza. Put on your purple and show your Tommie pride at Purple on the Plaza during home football games. Nothing screams fall quite like football and grilling out with Tommie.
Get scared at Haunted Cretin. When talking about fall, you can’t forget Halloween, and St. Thomas does this holiday justice with Haunted Cretin. This will be the 25th year that south campus offers ghostly tours of Cretin and Grace halls.