The Gift of Autumn


“I hope I can be the autumn leaf, who looked at the sky and lived. And when it was time to leave, gracefully it knew life was a gift.” I love this quote from Dodinsky. It frees me from anxiety because it reminds me that all suffering is temporary. One day, I would like to be a leaf, drifting to the soft grass and falling asleep forever. Until then, I would like to treasure this gift. Lying on the grass under a tree, I am fascinated. I am calm.

Junhui (Carol) Yang comes from China and is a senior dual-majoring in nutrition science at the Falk College of Sport & Hunan Dynamics and psychology at the Arts & Sciences College. She is an undergraduate researcher and research assistant for obesity and omega-3 fatty acid related study. She likes playing tennis, swimming, and writing calligraphy. She enjoys being a volunteer at the Food Pantry Program and the SUNY Upstate Hospital in her extracurricular time.