Student Government Association Blog
A Prescription for the Fall Blues
The dreaded fall lull. You all know what I’m talking about – that lame period between Columbus Day and Thanksgiving. Mother nature can’t get it right, your thermostat can’t get it right, your GPA can’t get it right, social gatherings can’t get it right, and your bedroom at home starts to seem a whole lot better than that untraceable smell coming from some corner of your dorm room.
Maybe the strange smelling dorm room is just me. Otherwise, we’ve all been in this situation. And first years, don’t panic, the fall lull doesn’t last forever. In fact, in many ways, this time of year can be one of the most beneficial of your college career – if you know how to handle it.
Here’s some advice:
- Go off campus. Everyone needs a change of scenery. Sweaty courts parties will always be here when you get back, I promise. I’m partial to going into Boston or Cambridge, but Providence is just as close, and by using the shuttle and the T, you can be there in no time. Also, don’t forget about the fun fund – or as I like to call it, “free money”. Submit an event you’re interested in attending and the Fun Fund Committee will deliberate and then appropriate money for you to attend!
- Get coffee with a professor. They really love when you ask them to chat – and nine out of ten professors are caffeine addicts. The fall can be a time where you start to reconsider your major, your academics, your job prospects, your future, your life…some overwhelming stuff. Four years later and I’ve come to realize that coffee and a good chat is a cure-all for this kind of mental overload. Do it.
- Relax. Easier said than done, I know. Every once and a while there’s that night where you just can’t bring yourself to focus. Map out your schedule, and when that day rolls around that you might just be able to watch a movie before bed – do it. If you’re into Christmas flicks, contact SGA’s Finance Chair, Julie Malone for more information.
- Look ahead. The future can make you a little uneasy. Okay, the future is terrifying. But it can also be a really great thing. Thinking about studying abroad? Really want to secure that summer internship? Look into things now. Not only will you be ahead of the eight ball, but thinking about that sunny Italian coast line you could be living on next year is a pretty good incentive to focus on your current academics to make sure you can get there. Be sure to swing by the Office of International Programs and the Office of Career Services for more pointers!
- Go to that thing you weren’t going to go to. For some, that’s Bingo (and yeah, you’re missing out). For others, that’s a social gathering. Take this funky fall period to try new things. Bingo won’t hurt you, and neither will meeting new people.
Thanksgiving is right around the corner and winter is coming (Game of Thrones fans, you out there?) No but seriously – finals follow Thanksgiving, and before you know it, you’re home for Christmas break and about to enter your second semester. Don’t let Fall’s strange vibes coop you up in your bedroom. Take the next couple weeks to get it all together. Take everything in stride, and the fall could help you in ways you never thought imaginable.
Andrew Curran, Executive Secretary