It doesn’t happen often, but occasionally every college student finds himself with absolutely nothing to do on a Saturday. Even more rarely, it’s an entire weekend that the student finds is commitment-free.
So what should this lucky student do with 24 or 48 hours of welcome relaxation? You could be responsible and start studying for upcoming exams (but let’s be honest, who is really going to do that?) or you could be completely lazy and catch up on multiple episodes of your favorite television shows (but who wants to tell their friends that this is how they spent their weekend?). Or, you could take some of our advice and do one of the things on our list below.
1. Clean your bedroom or entire apartment. Depending on your living situation and how much time you have, you could improve the overall quality of your life in a few hours. I know, I know, cleaning was a chore that Mom made you do when you were younger and you want it to remain firmly in the past. However, there are some unexpected benefits to having a clean room. For example, you might find your favorite shirt that you have been searching for hiding under your bed, and after the house is clean, your friends will probably be more willing to come hang out with you there. To make this activity a little more fun, blast your favorite songs from the radio and sing along as you clean.
2. Pick up a new hobby. If you have always wanted to learn how to rock-climb or knit, a carefree Saturday is the perfect time to do so. If your hobby is something that you can do indoors, you can probably find a How-To guide on YouTube to get you started. If it is an outdoors activity, grab a friend and get going. Even if it turns out that the new hobby isn’t exactly to your liking, you will at least know and can look for a new hobby on your next free day.
3. Go on a roadtrip. Pull out a map of your state and randomly pick a small town that isn’t more than two-hours away. Alternatively, you can look up a list of unique small towns in your state online. Once you have found your destination, pack a picnic lunch and hit the highway. Getting out of your college town for a few hours will give you a change of scenery and will make you really feel like you are on vacation, even if you are just going a few miles down the highway.
4. Walk some pups at the pound. Many animal shelters will allow students to “adopt” dogs for the day and take the pups for a walk outside. If you are an animal lover, this would be a great way for you to spend a day. It is also fantastic for the dogs, who most likely spend the majority of their time indoors. The only risk associated with this activity is that you might end up falling in love with Fido and want to take him home with you, so bring some friends who can help you stay strong (or as it happened in my case, would encourage you to make that commitment).
5. Explore your college. If you are like me, you spend the majority of your time in one or two buildings on campus because that is where your classes are. But do you remember when you were an incoming freshman and the college campus seemed so big and full of possibilities? Get that feeling back by taking a tour of your school. You can join in a on a guided tour if there are any offered, or you can ask some friends who have their classes in other buildings what you should see in their buildings. Maybe you will find some cool new study spots along the way.