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Lopez: 5 fall activities to participate in this October

Collegian | Trin Bonner

Editor’s Note: All opinion section content reflects the views of the individual author only and does not represent a stance taken by The Collegian or its editorial board.

While the hot weather doesn’t feel very autumn-like, it is officially October and time to enjoy all of the fun festivities that come with my favorite season of the year.


1. Go searching for fall colors

If this is your first fall in Colorado, then you’re in for a treat this season. You get to witness all of the fall leaves and color changes on mountainsides throughout this beautiful state. It is a gorgeous sight to see and something I highly encourage everyone to take advantage of in the fall. You get to see such pretty landscapes, and going on a hunt to see them in the mountains can make for a fun day trip.

2. Wear sweaters

Soon the air will be chilly as the wind blows across campus and the temperature begins to drop. This signifies sweater weather — my favorite kind of weather. Sweater weather means being able to wear cardigans, baggy sweaters or even that shirt you may have bought in August that you have been waiting to bust out.

3. Enjoy chilly mornings with a hot beverage

The combination of the fall colors and warm sweaters with hot coffee on chilly mornings is the best feeling in the world. In fall, the weather is at the perfect middle ground of not too cold and not too hot. There is so much bliss in spending the quiet morning outside in the chilly air — if you wake up early enough to sit and take it all in before school, that is.

4. Drink pumpkin-flavored beverages

In my opinion, fall beverages are always the best when warm. So when it was excruciatingly hot in August and early September, it wasn’t quite time for the deliciousness of seasonal beverages. However, now that it is cooling down outside and sweaters are wearable yet again, it is finally time to start enjoying those pumpkin-flavored beverages. Whether it be picking one up on your way to class, grabbing one on the way to see the fall colors or maybe purchasing one just to enjoy the crisp morning outside, it is finally pumpkin beverages’ season to shine.

5. Go to a pumpkin patch

And finally, my favorite activity that can be enjoyed by all ages is going to a pumpkin patch and picking out your own pumpkin. Personally, this wasn’t something I experienced until last year, but it was a wonderful activity. Going to a pumpkin patch is so much fun, and you get the chance to spend time with friends, invite new people and even explore the farm that has taken the time set up these activities just for you.

So with October finally arriving, it’s time to start doing fall activities while the season is still here.

Reach Dominique Lopez at or on Twitter @caffeinateddee6.

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Dominique Lopez
Dominique Lopez, Opinion Editor

Dominique Lopez is a third-year journalism student minoring in women’s studies and is currently the opinion editor for The Collegian.

Lopez is originally from Alamosa, Colorado, and moved to Fort Collins to attend Colorado State University. While in Fort Collins, Lopez has spent her time working for The Collegian and is a swim instructor and front desk associate at Splash Swim School.

When Lopez isn’t working or attending classes, you can find her at home reading a good book, stress baking in her kitchen or binge-watching her favorite TV shows.

She chose journalism as her field of study in the hopes that it would bring her closer to the community and provide her with the opportunity to write about what is really affecting her in that moment. Some topics she is passionate about are social justice, gender studies and finding ways to honor her community and origins through her education.

As the opinion editor, Lopez hopes to inspire new writers to be able to find their true passions in writing, as well as diversify the topics that are written about in The Collegian’s opinion section and iscuss thoughts on important issues that impact the students at Colorado State University.

Lopez is excited to pursue this new year of journalism and is eager to see what the year will bring, especially as she continues to meet new journalists pursing topics they are passionate about.

Trin Bonner
Trin Bonner, Illustration Director
Trin Bonner is the illustration director for The Collegian newspaper. This will be her third year in this position, and she loves being a part of the creative and amazing design team at The Collegian. As the illustration director, Bonner provides creative insight and ideas that bring the newspaper the best graphics and illustrations possible. She loves working with artists to develop fun and unique illustrations every week for the readers. Bonner is a fourth-year at Colorado State University studying electronic arts. She loves illustrating and comic making and has recently found enjoyment in experimental video, pottery and graphic design. Outside of illustration and electronic art, Bonner spends her free time crocheting and bead making. She is usually working on a blanket or making jewelry when she is not drawing, illustrating or brainstorming.

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