It recently got cooler, but I can’t complain about that infamously unpredictable “Jersey weather” that I’ve experienced so far. I miss those sunny days of late October when it was so warm that I could even sit under the tree near Scott Hall and study. For the first time ever I was wearing shorts in this part of year (But remember Matt, we don’t only have winters in Poland…) I’ve also noticed how positively it affected my friends and me — it is just easier to get up and get through every day when you feel like it’s almost summer. Eventually, all good things come to an end. It has all been replaced with the soaking rain and wind blowing all over the place.

Autumn, Thanksgiving, gobble gobble!

Nevertheless, weather is just a minor component of my freshman experience. I’m referring to it, because some time ago I’ve read an article about how to deal with the autumn depression that is supposed to get to everyone at some point this month. After all the deliberating about the internal transformations we all should follow, there was a one practical idea — not to shave for the entire month.

Sounds funny, doesn’t it? I haven’t heard of that before, but then I realized that this thing — referred to as “Movember” or “No Shave November” is very popular here..

I didn’t know the real motives, which turned out to be:  to raise awareness of men’s health and encourage them to get preventive testing (specifically against testicular cancer, but it’s not excluded to this disease). The action was started in 2004 by the “Movember Foundation”.

So we did it! Altogether with Brandon and Austin we didn’t shave for the entire month. All of us registered to see the doctor as well, which I encourage all of you to do. I also suggest visiting the webpage of the foundation (movember.com) to find out more.

Here’s how we’ve changed over the last month. I feel like it’s time to shave….