College bucket list: Let out your inner child at the pumpkin patch

Visiting a pumpkin patch is a staple autumn experience. (Gabriela Faraone | Collegian Media Group)

College serves as an opportunity to not only learn about a certain subject or train a specific skill, but it also comes at a time in life where each person gets to experience the “real world.” With my entrance into this now-adult life, I created a college bucket list as “must-dos” to accomplish during my higher education.

After completing a free hugs campaign on campus last week, I decided it would be best fit to go off campus and inundate myself with the wonderful experience of Manhattan.

The cool breeze and leaves spreading their autumn shade of feuille morte make it the perfect opportunity to experience the season at a wholesome pumpkin patch.

Britt’s Garden Acres has a plethora of fresh fruits and vegetables that create an enjoyable experience for nearly any age. The first stop is grabbing some apple cider made less than 48 hours before the drink hits your lips.

Next stop is the corn maze. It was surprisingly harder than one would expect. The maze finishes at an open scenery with many different types of pumpkins: small or large, orange or green. Other attractions included giant jumping pillows and a potato cannon.

Personally, my favorite experience was when college students piled onto the giant metal see-saw until it was packed with over two dozen bodies rocking back and forth, letting out the child inside all of us.

My friend said to an out-of-state student that places like this are the parts of Kansas everyone knows and loves.

The fun does not have to end after exploring the local attraction. With a group of college students bringing their pumpkins back to campus, opportunities arrive to paint or carve pumpkins or even baking the seeds.

I am glad I was able to fully dive into the autumn experience by visiting a pumpkin patch — I would put it at the top of anyone’s bucket list.