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Autumn falls onto Castleton Campus

The changing of the seasons from summer to fall is one of the most beautiful times of the year.

The bright green leaves morphing into every shade of red and orange casts a spell like no other over New England and Castleton University.

There are multiple holidays and activities connected to fall and the coming months that bring joy and a sense of a new beginning to the students and staff on campus.

Sophomore Olivia Roberts is ready for the seasons to change.

“I like fall because of all the scenery and spending time outside because the weather is perfect, not too hot or too cold,” she said.

Sophomore Blair Stone is also a fall fan.

“You can apple pick and watch football,” Stone said. “I like the leaves, sweater weather, walks, raking leaves into a pile and jumping into them, riding my horse, and knowing that Thanksgiving is coming soon.”

But the change is not as welcome for others because as summer quickly flees, some passions become scarce in their lives.

Sophomore Zac Haskins said he is not excited for fall this year because it impacts both a passion – and his transportation.

“I’m not looking forward to putting my car in the garage for the winter,” he said.

And while autumn has some pretty amazing visual perks, this time of the year is also known for being super busy and stressful.

Professor and academic advisor Becky Eno said she believes the season is gorgeous, but with her hectic schedule it’s easy to miss. 

“It’s beautiful in Vermont,” she said. “On the other hand, it’s a really busy time so I often feel like I don’t have time to appreciate how beautiful it is.”

And while some love the activities and visuals autumn offers, people can also view the changes in a negative way. Seasonal depression is very real for many, along with the added stress of midterms, work, and sports.

“I think fall is also a complicated season in the way it affects people. For many people, I think it is a season of transition,” Eno said. “People start getting more depressed. I think it is a time of great anxiety of people, at least in our culture.”