December 1, 2020

Fulfilling Things to Do Between Classes

The perfect schedule at university would be to have classes one after the other so you can be free for the rest of the day. Unfortunately, this rarely happens, and chances are you’ll have gaps in between classes that you’ll have to fill.

If you’re stuck on campus and don’t want to go back to your student apartment just yet, here are some things you can do to kill time.


Visit the library.

If you have nowhere else to go, the library can serve as a study spot where you can review your class notes, take a quick nap, or plan for the next day. 


Get started on your homework.

Use the spare time to start on your homework. This way, you’ll get enough work done so that you’ll have more time to cook a nice dinner or finish bingeing on your favorite series on Netflix.


Catch up on your reading.

Always bring a Kindle or a physical book with you so that you’ll never get bored while waiting for the next class to start. If you enjoy fiction, keep yourself occupied with a cozy mystery, a police procedural, or a romance novel. Better yet, walk the campus grounds and listen to an audiobook at the same time.


Eat snacks. 

If you feel your energy taking a dive in the afternoon, make sure to munch on healthy snacks such as trail mix, eggs, fruits, hummus, and yogurt. These foods will sustain you and keep you mentally alert and focused for the next class. 


Hit the gym.

Go to the campus gym and get in a sweat session in between classes. Whether running on a treadmill or lifting weights, doing a workout that you enjoy will help you stick to the habit for the long run. Train at least three times a week to keep yourself energized. 


Meet with your professor.

Book an appointment during your professor’s office hours. This is the perfect opportunity to ask questions and clarify any topics that you didn’t understand in class. By putting in a couple of hours per week, you’ll likely find yourself getting better grades, as well as free mentorship. 


Explore your surroundings.

There are plenty of things to do near your student apartments. Ottawa is replete with spaces where you can relax and lounge around. Go to Bank Street to do some window shopping, or bike down to Dows Lake to view their magnificent gardens. You can even pick up a new hobby like bird watching by the river or in the arboretum. 


Join a club. 

There are many clubs at university, so you’re bound to find one that matches your interest. By joining a club, you’ll learn how to work with a team and explore networking opportunities that will come in useful once you join the job market.


Get a job.

Earn extra income and beef up your resume by applying for a job on campus. Visit the Career Centre to see the latest open positions and apply for work that won’t distract you from your studies.


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