When you thought of what college was like, you probably didn't think about it being boring. Despite all the busyness and activity that takes place on a college campus, there can be times when things really do just get a wee bit slow. So what can you do to help pass the time?
What to Do on Campus When You're Bored
#1 – Walk to a new part of campus. If you need something to do, one of the best ways to find something exciting is to step outside and see what's going on.
Put on a pair of comfy shoes, grab your phone/iPod, and head outside and explore a part of campus you've never been before. You just might stumble across a rugby game a few of your friends are playing, a cool new part of campus where you can study, or even an art exhibit that piques your interest.
#2 – Head to the gym. Don't feel like working out? Hitting the gym might be just the pick-me-up you need to get some energy, refocus your priorities, and pass some time. Plus, you'll get a workout in and the health benefits to boot.
#3 – Join or start a pick-up game. If things are a little slow on campus, chances are you aren't the only one looking for something to do. Head to the gym, see who else is just hanging out, and start a pick-up game.
You'll burn calories, meet some new people, get some exercise, and pass the time — while possibly also getting some bragging rights.
#4 – Read something for fun. It may sound crazy given how much reading you do in college anyway, but think about it: When's the last time you read some trashy, gossip magazine just for fun?
Or caught up on the latest news in your favorite sport?
Head to the bookstore or a local supermarket and, for a few bucks, treat yourself to some fun, lazy, easy reading that you won't have to worry about taking notes on.
#5 – Do homework in a new location. Alright, it admittedly sounds more boring than doing nothing, but would you rather have to do your homework when you're bored …
or when there are tons of fun, exciting things going on that you'll have to miss?
Finding a new location can also help make doing the homework not feel so boring or tedious. A new environment can do wonders for your focus, outlook, and productivity.
#6 – Hang out in your residence hall lobby. Your residence hall lobby might seem like a boring place that you just pass through on the way to your room every day. If you time it right, you can head down there, enjoy the extra space, perhaps watch a game on the TV, and meet some new people or hang out with ones you already know.
It can be a nice way to do something new in a place that seems old and familiar.
#7 – Watch a sports game in person. If you're bored on campus, see if there's a game on campus. It doesn't have to be something you're used to (football, anyone?) either. Rugby, soccer, softball, lacrosse, or even water polo can be super fun and a great way to pass a boring afternoon.
#8 – Watch a sports game on TV or the Internet. So, things on campus are a little slow and boring. Grab some friends, head to the dining hall, pick up some snacks and drinks, and watch the game on TV or on the computer in your room.
It might not be as exciting as watching the game in person, but it can be a great way to spruce up an afternoon — especially if the weather outside is far from ideal.
#9 – Go to an event you've never been to before. The chances of absolutely nothing going on on your campus at any given point in time are pretty slim. The problem might be, however, that the things that are going on just aren't particularly appealing to you.
Challenge yourself to step outside of your comfort zone a bit and attend an event that you've never gone to before.
#10 – Go to a cultural event off campus. Can't find anything to do on campus? Check out the local entertainment listings of what's happening off campus. A poetry slam, art fair, music festival, or some other event can be just what you need to turn boring into memorable and get familiar with your new city at the same time.
#11 – Go to a museum off campus. You're in college because you enjoy learning new things and living an intellectual life.
Take that smarty-pants brain of yours and go learn something new at a museum exhibit in town.
Viewing something new and exciting from a certain time period, artist, photographer, sculptor, or anything else can be a great learning experience. If you're lucky, you can even use what you learned as bonus points in an upcoming class assignment.
#12 – Call and catch up with a high school friend. Things can get so busy in college that it can be difficult to keep in touch with your high school or hometown friends. When's the last time you had a nice, chit-chatty phone call with a friend you knew before you left for school? If you have some free time and are a little bored, use the break to your advantage and catch up with an old friend.
#13 – Hang out in the campus coffee shop. The campus coffee shop offers far more than just your favorite kind of coffee. It can be a good place to get some work done, surf the Internet, people watch, or otherwise just hang out. And if you're bored, it can be a great place to get a change of scenery without costing too much money.
#14 – Grab some friends and head to a movie off campus. If you use your student discount, you can catch a new movie, have some social time, get off campus, and mentally check out from the stress of college life for a few hours — all at a discounted price. And what's not to like about that?
#15 – Grab some friends and watch a movie online. If the weather is really bad but you just need something to do, grab some friends and stream a movie in someone's room. Even if it's a horrible movie, you'll have a fun time laughing.
#16 – Do something creative. For students lucky enough to have a creative streak, the times to relax and make something just for fun usually come few and far between. Turn a boring afternoon into one of the rare times you can let your creativity flow without having to worry about whether or not you're meeting the requirements of your latest assignment.
#17 – Crank up the music and organize your life. Does it sound lame?
Admittedly, it kind of does. But having a free (read: boring) afternoon can be a great time to do all the things you don't want to do but actually need to get done. (It's part of being an adult, get used to it.)
Get your laundry done, clean up your room, organize your paperwork, make sure your calendar/time management system is up to date, and generally get your to-do list done. It might be boring while you're doing it, but cranking up the music (or watching a movie) can help make things go faster. The way you'll feel when everything is all done will be well worth it.