Beat the Freeze: 5 Things to Do Before It Gets Cold

While many students have been a little reluctant to pull out their sweatshirts and jackets this week, the temperature drop has been a welcome change after several weeks of miserable heat and humidity. Chestnut Hill is at its prime as the leaves start to change around the reservoir and students are finally able to walk around campus without sweating profusely. Unfortunately, for BC students, autumn in New England is beautiful, but fleeting. The change of seasons here at BC means more than girls swapping out sandals for riding boots--many students have a tendency to “hibernate” in their dorms to avoid the chilly temps once the colder weather hits, and before long, the quad will be empty save for snow. It’s easy to let fall fly by without making time for some fun, so here are five ways to savor the season here in Boston:

1. Attend outdoor sporting events.

Although many a BC student is counting down the days until hockey season, plenty of the fall sports teams are worth checking out while it’s still nice outside. This football season is definitely shaping up to be a great one, and it’s also worth heading over to Newton to check out a field hockey or soccer game.

2. Check out a farmer’s market.

If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, the SOWA open market in the South End goes on every Sunday until October 26th and has an astounding array of flowers, food trucks, art and organic produce. If you don’t feel like leaving campus, you can also check out BC’s own farmers market with locally made bread, fruit and vegetables on Corcoran Commons Plaza.

3. Exercise in the fresh air.

You have all winter to exercise in the warmth of the Plex if you so desire, but if you want to enjoy a scenic run around the reservoir, you had better summon the motivation in the next few weeks or it won’t happen until spring. If you’re not a runner, it’s also a great time to enjoy a bike ride around Chestnut Hill or even grab some friends for a little outdoor yoga.

4. Explore Boston Common.

New England is famous for its autumn foliage, but you don’t have to road trip to New Hampshire or Vermont to enjoy the beauty. Boston Common is one of the best places to see the leaves change and enjoy a leisurely walk in the cool air. And while you’re in in the area, you might as well check out some of the shops along Newbury Street.

5. Enjoy a picnic on the quad.

A lot of BC students tend to take the quad for granted, and while you can hang out on the grass any day, it’s way more fun to actually bring out a blanket and some yummy food to share with all your friends. Set aside an afternoon to hang out, people watch and enjoy the nice weather while it lasts.

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