It’s fall, y’all, and the trees are Crimson.

I’m a southern boy at heart from the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee–but I’d been living in New Orleans the past four years where it’s pretty much always hot and sticky and the seasons are summer and Mardi Gras. Moving up to Massachusetts, I was excited to see the oranges, yellows, and reds (err, crimson?!) of fall, my favorite season.

A street in Cambridge, just north of HGSE on the walk back from my practicum site.
A street in Cambridge, just north of HGSE on the walk back from my practicum site.

Twice a week, I tutor at a local public school as part of my Reading Specialist licensure requirement. On my walk back to HGSE from school, I frequently wind through various side streets filled with lovely houses dappled with beautiful fall color. A cup of coffee in hand, a bag of books on my shoulder, and I’m at peace with the world.

There’s something about fall that makes academic work seem perfect; I’ve thought so since I sat outside reading Les Miserables by Victor Hugo in high school, so I’m showing my bias. There’s just something about sitting in your dining room or at the library, staring out at the trees, with some coffee and some scholarly research. Is there anything more essentially Harvard than that?

Dorchester Park, Boston
Taking a break from studying at Dorchester Park, Boston

 Joshua Jenkins is an master’s candidate in the Language and Literacy strand, pursuing licensure as a reading specialist. Josh was a special educator and reading interventionist in New Orleans and is interested in the research on reading disabilities and what all grown-ups can do to help bolster reading development for all children.