We have all heard the old saying “work hard, play harder”. Normally adults use this quote to justify how hard they work and deserve time to “enjoy the fruits of their labor”. The reference can also pertain to college life. College, in a sense, is like working a 9-5. Aside from classes, homework, studying, and work-study/part-time job, a way to relax is defiantly needed. A way to blow off steam or stress from the dedication you put in to your studies for the week. For guys, a healthy to extract from stress is by hitting the basketball court regularly. For the ladies, aerobics, yoga, and bicycling classes help reduce stress. Not only is stress decreased but you are also straying away from gaining the freshman 15lbs. Normally colleges have facilities that combine weight rooms, basketball courts, Olympic size swimming pools, saunas, and other equipment into one location. Membership is not required, just show your student id card and enjoy.
If working out is not your cup of tea, dinner and a movie with friends is another option. New movies come out weekly and in a big city, there are more than enough restaurants to visit to have an enjoyable dinner. A campus organization may primer select movies monthly saving you the $7 cover charge for attending a movie in theaters. For University of Memphis students, Tigers of Memphis Restaurant is a big hang-out area where students congregate to socialize, shout pool, and enjoy food Memphis has become infamous for. If the college you attend provides these services take full advantage of them. The money to host the events or to keep the eatery afloat is coming out of your tuition.
Sports are a major part of college life. Whether basketball or football being the dominate sport, attending home games can be beyond a doubt eventful. Students can attend home games free of charge and receive discounts on regular priced tickets. Consider inviting mom and dad or others to get a piece of the action at a game. Games typically last a few hours and during that time not only are you fellowshipping with friends but also with fans that there to support the same team.
Is college close to home and your tired of sitting on campus? Go visit mom and dad for the weekend. Mom will be absolutely happy that you came and more than likely will cook a good ole’ meal while you are there. For students who do not have vehicles on campus but do when returning home, driving is one of the best parts of visiting. Meet up with other friends that are home for the weekend or friends from high school. For students that are the only child, not waking up to a roommate for a couple of days is a plus. You will love the peace, harmony, and actual food that is not made to go. Your parents may say you have worn out your visit but do not leave without a to-go plate of Sunday’s dinner and some cash.
There are several ways to relax from the stresses of college. Be wise in those you choose. Do not limit yourself to sitting around campus. There is an entire city around you. Venture out and see what else is out there. New beginning, new area, new experience.