Believe it or not, this is not going to be another ode to all things pumpkin. Definitely not. Pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin bread, and the myriad of pumpkin crafts on Pinterest right now are not my favorite things about fall. Not that I have anything against pumpkins, but working at a private school such as Harrisburg Academy provides a special affinity for the back-to-school aspects that accompany the coming of this season and certainly the fall equinox.
Yes, I love a good reflecting pool as much as the next person, but really, fall is a time for me to reflect on the enrollment season we have just completed. What did we learn about our process? What worked and didn’t work? What do our new students have in common? What attracted our new families to Harrisburg Academy and how did that affect their enrollment decision-making process? How can I lead our school recruitment and retention efforts in the most productive and mission-focused way? With a sense of #HAcommunity pride, I have a wonderful opportunity during fall to reflect on the past year and plan for what comes ahead.
4. Nature – Are fall sunsets the best? I’m not sure – but based on the Instagram traffic lately, here in the midstate it seems like fall colors are definitely not limited to leaves! Viewing the sunset, however, isn’t just about looking at the colors; it is about taking the time to observe. View. Ponder. Pause.
3. Field Trips – Field trips in the fall are some of the best. At the Academy, students of all ages have an opportunity to spread their wings, escape into the outdoors, and explore educational opportunities outside the classroom walls. Whether it’s the 11th graders who are headed on their 3-day, 8-college tour (to see places like Princeton University and Columbia University), the Kindergarteners who will be apple picking in Biglerville, or the 7th graders who visited the Pennsylvania State Capitol, fall is a great time for exploration and discovery.
2. Warm Drinks – Okay, so I know I said this wasn’t about #PSL consumption…. But I must admit that as a daily coffee drinker, fall is a time when I crave coffee and coffee drinks. Did I mention today, Sept. 29, is National Coffee Day? As the Academy’s director of admission and marketing, however, fall is time when I can take a few spare moments to reconnect with our community members. And yes, this often happens over a cup of coffee. Taking time to cultivate relationships with alumni, parents, and students is incredibly important for me personally and professionally, and fall is the perfect time in my office for that to happen.
1. Family – Fall is for family. Whether it’s time in the “back-to-school” rituals spent with my children, celebrating birthdays (mine included!), hours on the soccer field or decorating with fall colors, this is definitely a time for family. And not just our family – but sharing our family’s home and our community and traditions with others with others. Anyone up for s’mores in the backyard? Perhaps a viewing of “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”? Trick-or-treating in the neighborhood? Join us. The more, the merrier.
What are your favorite things about fall? Connect on Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, or Instagram, and let me know.