Autumn Blues?

Fall is a much maligned season. It is the messenger of cold things to come; the dead leaves seem to say in a Starkian voice: “Winter is coming”! If literary works about the season are any indicator (Blake’s “To Autumn”, Keats’ “To Autumn”, Dickinson’s -shorter- “Autumn”), it is the most melancholic time of year. The daylight wanes and the temperature scurries away alongside it.

Given that, it is easy to feel the autumn blues. To be depressed. Another summer has gone by. For a transitional season that is a little summer and a little winter, it doesn’t seem to show its sunny side up much. But I am here to show you otherwise! Fall is in fact my favourite season. Let me tell you how to survive it and perhaps even thrive in it.


The autumn bounty at Mac Campus

Mac resident amidst the campus fall colours

Back in the fall of ’09, I was utterly consumed with a single thought: where would I be attending grad school? I had narrowed my list down to two picks; McGill was at the top of the list.

I was invited to spend an early November day at the Macdonald Campus to meet with my potential supervisor, chat with some of the students in his lab, and get a feel for the campus. I took a day off work, hopped in my car, and ventured out on what would become the first of  many commutes from the small rural Ontario village I call home to the campus that I now consider my second home.

I fell in love with Mac instantly. I’m an outdoorsy-type-person and the oh-so-green Mac campus is gorgeous in autumn. From the highway, the road leading to the main entrance winds its way through the picturesque waterfront town of Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue and along Lac Saint-Louis. Mac has few buildings but boasts 1600 acres of land, including loads of green space and gardens, a fully functional farm, and an arboretum.


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