It’s no secret: college is a place where there’s a near-infinite course catalog, and if you play your cards right, you can take classes in music, English, biology, philosophy, history—anything you want. What you might not be aware of, though, is that classrooms and textbooks are only the beginning. In order to take advantage of all the opportunities college has to offer, check out these options:
- Public lectures. No matter where you go to school, chances are there’s a lecture series with more shtick than you can shake a stick at. Usually, each academic department brings in speakers from across the nation to give specific talks on topics they’re passionate about, which is a great chance to gain insight into the deepest corners of both the professional and academic world.
- Art galleries. One of the best things about college is that most are dedicated to supporting the arts, whereas in the real world, well, you know the drill. So the moral? Take advantage of it all while you can, and stop by your campus’ gallery, or its student gallery so that you can support your friends and peers. If there’s no gallery on campus, then try heading off campus to the nearest museum; often, museums have awesome deals for students.
- Film screenings. Like to catch a good movie once in a while? Then head to the campus movie theater and check out all the offerings. There will probably be the typical blockbusters, and also those artsy indie films that you don’t want to admit you actually like.
- Local explorations. Whether you go to school on the east coast, west coast, or no coast, no doubt your local community has a lot to offer. If you’re close to nature, head out for a hike. If you’re in a city, walk around and explore. Not only is it good to connect with the area around you, but you’ll likely find an off-campus spot you love that can serve as a place you go when you just want to clear your head from college stress for an hour or two. Think of it as finding your own secret spot.
- Readings and concerts. Similar to lectures, it’s likely that your college hosts a number of on-campus readings by distinguished authors and also concerts by elite musicians. Even if you think these renaissance activities aren’t for you, try them out. After all, college is all about trying new things. And just think: though these types of opportunities might not always seem like the most exciting, they’re usually free.