14 Things To Do In College Instead Of Watching Netflix
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14 Things To Do In College Instead Of Watching Netflix

Because we're all looking for ways to get our minds off of school.

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14 Things To Do In College Instead Of Watching Netflix
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Between studying, working, and going to class, students can wear themselves out pretty early on in the semester. Everyone needs a break. Here are a bunch of random things that can get your mind off of schoolwork for a few hours, instead of whipping out your laptop and plowing through an entire season of Grey's:

1. Go hiking.

Breath in the fresh air, take in the scenery, and get your endorphins flowing.

2. Explore somewhere new.

Find an old antique store or a coffee shop you’ve never been to, you might just discover your new favorite hangout spot.

3. Take a friend out to lunch.

Get away from the hustle and bustle of campus and chat with one of your best buds over good food. (It’ll be a nice break from cafeteria food too.)

4. Swim.

It's no secret how relaxing it is to float around in a hot tub or pool, even just for a few minutes. Water has a mysteriously soothing quality we’ll never understand. Too cold outside? Check and see if your school gym has one, or find a local YMCA.

5. Shop for clothes.

Money might be tight, but treating yourself will feel nice, and then you can look forward to wearing something new the next day. (If your wallet feels incredibly thin, try thrift shopping!)

6. Go for a drive.


Find a long, windy road and drive until you reach the end of it. If you’re still feeling stressed, keep driving.

7. Hit the gym.

Run, bike, or find a punching bag if you’re feeling especially frustrated. If you’re one of those people that gets even more stressed working out, try walking laps around the track.

8. Color.

No, seriously. It’s not just for preschoolers anymore. “Adult” coloring books are becoming increasingly more popular every year, and you can find them at any local Wal-Mart.

9. Make a new playlist.

When motivation to do homework at night starts getting harder and harder to muster, it might help to find tunes in advance to pump you up. The difference between finishing and avoiding assignments might be the next song on your queue.

10. Go to a farmers market.

Odds are there’s at least one somewhat close to you, and you’re guaranteed to find at least one morsel of good food. Plus, there's usually at least one free sample.

11. Pet a dog (or a cat, if you’re into that).

Ask a friend who owns a dog if you can borrow it. If none of your friends have dogs, look up your local animal shelter. Lots of shelters let people come in and pet dogs and cats to help with socialization.

12. Support your team.

There’s at least one sport in season. Dress up, show up, and cheer as loud as you can.

13. Play a game.

Whether you’re an ultimate frisbee type of person, or more the monopoly type, gather your friends for a little bit of friendly competition.

14. Nap.

If all else fails, just catch up on sleep. Your body needs the rest.


The important thing to do is make time to relax, and stop being so tough on yourself and your mind. Don’t use a heavy workload as an excuse for a three-hour "Netflix break." Do things that are good for your mind and body.

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