Just like life in a small town, college in a small town can seem a little boring. I can count the number of times a friend has looked at me and said these exact words, "I'm so bored." Honestly, I hear this about once a day from a different friend. Everyone says college is the best time of your life, so why does everyone around me seem to be having such a mundane time?
It dawned on me today that the reason everyone seems to be bored in college is because no one takes advantage of their surroundings. Sure, everyone has an idea of what to do, but no one ever acts on these plans.
College is the time to make mistakes, have a fun time, and prepare for the real world which is super scary. But for some reason, the millennials are missing out on the fun.
We would rather binge watch Netflix than go to a baseball game because it might get a little chilly. Or rather play Fifa for hours instead of kicking an actual soccer ball on the quad with friends.
What happened to us? Is it winter? The cold is getting to us and no one wants to go outside, even if it's to walk to a warm gym to watch basketball?
I keep telling myself that spring will be different. When the warm weather comes, more people will go to sporting events, everyone will become more involved and will take advantage of the weather. However to be honest, spring time comes with a lot of rain. So we can't rely on the outdoors to keep us from being bored.
Today, as I was thinking about how bored I was when I decided to go to a baseball game with a friend of mine for the first time in college. Even with the cold, I forgot how fun baseball could be. And that's when I realized what our parents were talking about.
College is what you make it.
Bundle up and go to one of the first home baseball games of the season. You may be a little chilly but you'll forget abut how cold you are when you and your friends are learning more about each other and even the sport itself.
Take a hike around the local lake to find the best hammock spots for springtime. You'll find a new favorite spot, and fill your time without monotony.
Go over to the next town and just get lost. Exploring the downtown of a town you've never been to with your friends can seem like the most exciting adventure in the world. Plus, you'll probably find the perfect Instagram post somewhere in the ally between a coffee shop and a prom dress store.
We need to stop being so afraid to do something and find our own adventure. Find friends that will explore the world with you and college will never seem boring again.