Hello everyone! I’m finally getting settled in my university, and my schedule is slowly but surely getting filled. Still, I do have downtime between many of my classes and activities, and I’ve found that having a set list of things I want to do helps stop me from whining, ‘I’m bored!!’. Let me know in the comments below what you like to do during your free time, and have a great week!
1. Practice a language
I really love using the Duolingo and FluentU apps while waiting for class to start. Both apps are free, and help you learn as many languages as you want! I’m currently studying French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Chinese, and Korean, and it only takes 10-20 minutes for me to review all of them every day.
2. Apply for scholarships
Face it, college is expensive – and unlike loans, you don’t have to pay back scholarships. Many of these scholarships/grants only take an hour at most to fill out the forms and write the essays, and some even just require you to take a survey or enter a lottery.
3. Listen to an audiobook
I LOVE reading books, but I always have a hard time finding a quiet space to read a physical copy of a novel. So, I’ve taken to listening to audiobooks during my commute to and from school – Spotify and Audible have a lot of options, ranging from textbooks to the latest fantasy series, and many libraries will also let you borrow audiobooks.
4. Write in a journal
Whatever your age, it’s an age that you will only experience once – write down your memories and recollections while you still have a chance! I guarantee that in a decade you’ll enjoy looking at your younger self’s thoughts.
5. Explore your surroundings
Even a hometown can have secrets, and especially if you are like me, and going to a university that’s hours away from home, there is plenty to do and see. Whether it is watching an a cappella group practicing on the street, or finding some cool graffiti, take the opportunity to make your own adventure.
6. Reach out
Call your grandma, Snapchat your friends, and even stop by during your professor’s office hours (gasp!). Seriously, human connections are everything, especially in today’s world, and you will never regret putting effort into a relationship. I still keep in contact with my high school calculus teacher, and instead of talking about homework, we now discuss our families and daily life.
7. Think about your future
Don’t let thoughts about the future distract you from the present, but at the same time, if you want to do a study abroad program next semester, or help out with a research project this summer, use the 20 minutes between your classes to look up some information about it. Having knowledge about fees, times, locations, etc. can help you decide if you really want to partake in something, and it’s always nice to be excited about upcoming opportunities.
8. Do some homework
I know, I know, but even doing ten pages of readings now means ten pages less that you have to do later, at two in the morning…Trust me, it’ll make a huge difference. You can also review the topic of your class discussion/lecture right before it starts, so that you can truly be on top of your academic game. 😉
9. Get yourself some fuel
Most of my classes are back to back, meaning that I’m literally running across campus every two hours. So, during my free time, I like to stop by the cafeteria or even the grocery store for some food and water. Personally, I love snacking on chocolate raisins and cuties, and for more substantial meals I eat a lot of salads and protein-packed meals. Make SURE you are drinking that water, btw.
10. Do something you love
Sometimes, our brains just need a break from thinking – trust me, I get it. So whether it’s scrolling through dog photos on Instagram, visiting your university’s botanical garden, doing a Buzzfeed quiz, or watching your favorite 20 minute sit-com episode, spend a little time doing what will bring a smile to your face.