It’s hard to believe that college students even get a moment to breathe, but I think it’s important to always find a way to make some time for ourselves, even if we have to force it. Unwinding at the of the day and forgetting about the 6 papers and 3 tests we have in the upcoming week is a necessity if we want to stay sane. But when we are lucky enough to find free time, we have absolutely no idea what to do with it. It’s like a foreign way of life to to have time on our hands. To help you out, I’ve compiled a list of ways in which I personally spend my free time when I have the chance to.
Exercising: Sometimes initially getting yourself to workout is difficult, but the feeling afterwards is so rewarding. It relieves so much stress and instantly puts you in a better mood, making you feel more energetic and overall happier. One of my favorite workouts is Insanity because I can do it from the comfort of my own home without having to drive anywhere. The workouts are all relatively short, yet still so intense! Going for a run outside is also a great stress reliever. You get to enjoy the outdoors while also burning calories and keeping those legs in shape.
Shopping: Shopping is a definite hobby of mine, whether it’s online or in store. It’s impossible not to take advantage of the local and affordable boutiques around the city of Tallahassee during my free time. They’re always offering the latest styles and affordable clothing for college girls on a budget. This is probably my number one stress reliever after a long week of tests and papers. Retail therapy, anyone?
Netflix: I’m sure you saw this one coming. College students are known to have a love affair with Netflix, and we’re certainly entitled to having one. There’s no better way to unwind at the end of the day than binge-watching a thousand episodes of Friends. But make sure not to overdo it, or that homework will be put off for a very long time. Hint: Avoid the phrase, “Just one more episode,” at all costs.
Go out to eat: I love going out to dinner and treating myself to a good meal, especially on weekends. Getting dinner and drinks is perfect on a Friday night either with friends or for date night, either at a local burger joint or Mexican place.
Take a nap: Let’s face it. College is absolutely exhausting. On top of classes, we have endless amounts of homework to complete. Sometimes the most tempting thing to is simply to take a nap and catch up on the sleep we’ve lost throughout the semester. Trust me, no one’s judging. Any extra amount of sleep will feel like a huge bonus to you. We frequently start to wonder to ourselves how we ever resented naptime in Kindergarten!
Homework: As someone who hates the stress of procrastinating, I’m always getting ahead on my work when I have the chance to. All of the professors tend to make the major assignments and tests due around the same time, usually mid-semester and at the end, so it’s better to get ahead of the game rather than losing sleep for an entire week straight and drinking endless amounts of coffee. You’ll feel much more relieved when that week rolls around to know you’re not squirming to complete everything in one night.
Sporting Events: FSU football games take up most of my free time throughout the fall semester on weekends, but during the spring, baseball games are also fun to attend! Sporting events are always a great choice for taking advantage of the awesome school spirit here at FSU.
Read: Reading is so underestimated and probably one of the most relaxing things you can do, especially for us English and Writing majors. Read a good book and your mind will certainly be taken off the upcoming paper you have due on World War II. You will gain such an emotional attachment to the fictional (or nonfictional) characters that it’ll be impossible to put it down.
Go to the pool/beach: I love going to the pool, sitting on a lounge chair, and reading a fashion magazine. Even though FSU is located in Florida, the beach is still about 40 minutes away, but many students will take a day trip to the beach and soak up the sun. Me? I personally prefer the pool in my apartment complex that’s 100 feet from my door, but it’s all a matter of opinion!
So, yes, us college students do have free time. It may not be as often as we like, and we may have to force it every now and then, but that’s why it’s important to take advantage whenever we can!