Tuesday, October 6, 2015

megaVOICE: Hacks to Help You Fall for Fall

By Meghavaty Suresh
Contributing Writer

I always tell my friends and counterparts from other countries that I come from a place that is 90 degrees all year round. So when it comes to seasons, I’m only used to hot and very hot.

My first year in New York was both beautiful and challenging. It was beautiful because I got to see colors in nature that I didn’t know existed, like the gorgeous fall colors and the white of winter. It was also challenging because I now had to adjust to the changing temperatures. What I realized initially was that the challenges of acclimating to the seasonal changes were overwhelming me, and I was missing out on everything the seasons had to offer. If somebody had made me do certain seasonal things from the beginning, I wouldn’t have been such a couch potato and would have enjoyed myself a little more.

In order to truly fall for Fall and the other approaching seasons, here are some easy hacks to help you:

• Clothes: It’s not about dressing the part and fitting in; it’s about staying warm. So, don’t waste time and thoughts on wondering what to buy and when to buy it. Just go to a mall and stock up on coats, jackets, sweaters, and hats. 

• Fuzzy socks: I know this ought to fall under ‘clothes,’ but I have to mention it separately. FUZZY SOCKS. They will save your life!

• Food of the seasons: With the changing seasons comes a change in produce. Make it a point to incorporate seasonal food into your diet. While this may sound like a boring line from a health article, eating more apples and pumpkins in the fall can be a real game changer. 

Build your immunity: Fall and Winter have a lot to offer, including the common cold and Flu season. Make sure to take plenty of vitamins, get plenty of sleep, and stick to a healthy diet to lower your risk of getting sick. Making a trip to the health center to see what you need to boost your immune system is definitely worth the trouble.

• Instant noodles: This may be a detour from my previous food points, but I’m not going to lie. Instant noodles in the winter are the best! Don’t let it make up your entire diet, but having a few packs at home may just help with those late-night study sessions.

• Activities: Make time for seasonal activities like apple picking in the fall and fun snow games in the winter. Don’t let yourself get into a routine where you only enjoy the seasons from the warmth of your room. 

If you do these things, you’re probably going to end up loving the seasons that you may not have experienced back home. If you have more hacks, leave me a comment or send me a tweet!
Meghavaty Suresh is a brand engagement specialist at The Guardian. She is originally from Mumbai, India. She earned a master’s in new media at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, where she realized what it truly meant to be an international student and how best to enjoy the experience. The megaVOICE column is her opportunity to give a voice to the whispers of international students. Megha lives in New York City. Follow her on Twitter at @meghasuresh.

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