Amid the time consuming studying and socializing that occurs in college, many students lose their hobbies. In order to remain mentally and emotionally healthy, it’s important that you break routine and participate in activities that are both fun and fulfilling.
Perhaps the most popular hobby among college students involves working out. The campus recreation center – which you probably fund when you pay your fee each semester – offers a myriad of physical activities that will help you avoid doubling your high school weight. For example, the University of West Virginia has a 177 square-foot facility that includes an abundance of weight-training and fitness equipment, an aquatic area featuring a six-lane fitness pool, a mountainous 50-foot high climbing wall, and volleyball, basketball, squash and badminton courts. Students can work with personal trainers and join fitness classes if they need extra motivation. Most colleges have intramural sports clubs in which you can relive your high school glory days as a basketball, football or softball star. If you don’t live in a concrete jungle, you can find outdoor activities in which to partake. Rent a kayak and explore a nearby river or lake, and hike or bike down a scenic nature trail. If you love nature but hate exercise, hone your hunting and fishing skills. It’s a great way to escape the monotony of everyday campus life.
If you prefer to remain productive, volunteering and joining campus organizations are not only great ways to make good use of your time, but you’ll also make new friends and network. Consider joining a cooking class – you’ll cultivate a skill that’ll last for a lifetime and you’ll save money by reducing the times you eat out. Take an art class and become the next Picasso – at least in your own mind. If you live in a house, spruce up your yard and plant a new garden. Grow some veggies and add them to the new recipes you’ve learned in your cooking class. Learn a new instrument and make the ladies (or gentlemen!) swoon. You’ve probably noticed the flyers for guitar lessons scattered throughout your campus; take advantage of a starving musician and learn as much as you can for cheap. Whether you decide to reconnect with an old hobby or adopt a new one, you’ll become a happier and better-rounded person as a result.