Students and Teachers Prepare For Fall

Students and Teachers Prepare For Fall

By: Julia Sessions ’18

As October approaches, students and teachers are feeling excited for the seasonal transition. The leaves changing and the colder weather were cited by several teachers and students as what they are most excited for this autumn. Ms. Andrea Merkison, a Spanish teacher, said that her favorite part about fall is returning to her home state of Michigan and visiting a cider mill, donut shop and pumpkin patch.

To get into the spirit of fall, Xander Magevney ’19 said that he “always [gets] together with a group of friends to carve pumpkins, while eating cookie dough.”

Sydni Wynter ’18 and Ella Wells Freeman ’20 agreed that wearing jeans, sweaters, boots and scarves gets them into the autumnal mood.

Mr. Bert Harrell, an English teacher, said that nothing gets him into the fall spirit like TCU football games and visiting his family in Fort Worth, Texas.

In regard to the approaching holidays of Halloween and Thanksgiving, students and teachers had a unanimous response: Thanksgiving is the best, because of the abundance of (real) food and being able to spend time with family.

On top of holidays, fall break is also a great time to enjoy the season. Some will take the opportunity to travel; Ella Wells Freeman ‘20 is “going to Atlanta to visit friends and family.” Ms. Merkison plans to take a color tour of the leaves, while spending her break in Michigan.

Some will keep busy in Jacksonville; Xander will participate in the Youth Leadership Jacksonville program and run in a cross-country meet. Others, however, are taking a more laid-back approach to the break; Mr. Harrell will be “watching football and mowing grass,” and Sydni plans on “applying to colleges and getting some much-needed rest.”

Regardless of how the break will be spent, teachers and students can’t wait to fall into the new experiences that will come with the new season.