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Time for Fall


Welcome to fall (also known as autumn, also known as THE BEST SEASON EVER)! Depending on where you live, you might be experiencing changing leaf colors like in the photo above, chilly weather, or maybe (if you’re in the southern half of the country) weather that still feels like summer.

No matter where you are, there are some awesome things to do this season.


Fall is football season at most schools, and Homecoming is a big celebration that typically includes a big football game and a school dance. The event gets its name from the fact that high school alumni (students who used to attend the school) often “come home” to join in the celebration.

If your school has a football team, there’s a good chance a lot of your classmates are going to the Homecoming game – don’t be afraid to ask if you can join them at the game to cheer on your team!

The Homecoming dance is a chance for students to dress up and have fun – and some high schools elect a “Homecoming King and Queen” from the senior class.

Clubs and Activities

It’s the start of a new school year, so students just like you will be signing up for new clubs, activities, and sports! Take advantage of this time to try something new – your fellow American classmates will be doing the same thing.

This is a good way to get to know your classmates because while you (the international student!) are experiencing new things all the time, a club at the beginning of the year means that your American classmates are ALSO experiencing something new.

Fall Decorating

Pumpkin carving is a classic Fall activity! Ask your host family if they know of a place nearby that sells pumpkins, then buy one for each member of the family to carve. (They’re not too expensive – don’t expect to spend more than $10-$15 on a pumpkin.)

Your family might have some great pumpkin carving techniques – the website below also has some great tips!


You can also celebrate Fall by doing craft projects with fallen leaves, decorating your room or house for Halloween, going apple picking, finding a Corn Maze or a hayride, and planning your Halloween costume!

We hope you find something fun to do this season. Have a great Fall!