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5 Fun Activities to Try During College


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College is a unique experience filled with many great opportunities to try something new and expand your horizons. At this time in your life, new experiences are essential, both for personal growth and creating lifelong memories. Below, I have put together a list of 5 fun activities to try while you’re a college student.

1. Attend a Midnight Movie Premiere

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Midnight movie premieres are definitely something you should experience at least once during your college career! A midnight movie premiere is a great chance to experience the excitement of a hot new film and a fun event to attend with friends.

These premieres are especially awesome if you attend one for a blockbuster movie, such as Catching Fire (2013) from The Hunger Games trilogy. You’ll likely see people dressed up and totally excited. For these kinds of films, it’s important that you pre-order your tickets a few weeks ahead of time because they sell out fast! Additionally, you want to get there 2-3 hours early in order to ensure yourself a seat. It may seem like a long time to wait, but it will fly by with all the excitement.

2. Do a Charity Walk or Run

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If you’ve never done a charity walk or run, college is the perfect time! You can go individually, or get a team of friends to all go together. I personally think going in a group is more fun and you can work together for fundraising!

Not sure where to find a walk or run in your area? Here are a few to check out: Relay for Life, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

3. Join a Club

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Joining a club is a huge part of the college experience. As we talked about in our guide to getting involved on campus, there are hundreds of types of clubs to join, and you can try as many as you want. (Just be sure not to over-extend yourself or take on too much!)

Not only is joining a club fun and good for your resume, but it’s also a great way to make new friends with similar interests. It’s a win-win!

4. Volunteer

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Not only is volunteering extremely fulfilling and fun, it also teaches you to put others before yourself. You may not have as much time to volunteer once you graduate and get a 9-5, so college is the perfect time to make a difference.

Volunteering is great because there are so many ways to do it. Bring friends or go alone! Spend a day or a weekend! Some places even have regular volunteer jobs for a few hours a week. There are also places where you can simply go any time – just make sure to call ahead. You can find places to volunteer by either searching volunteer databases or through people and organizations you know.

5. Take a Road Trip

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Sometimes college can get stressful and tedious, so it’s important that you take time to simply get away. Load up the car, make an awesome playlist, grab some of your closest friends, and drive!

For an amazing trip, check out our guide to planning a road trip, and our tips for traveling on a budget in college. You don’t have to go far if you don’t have much time, but just spending a day traveling can be a great experience. Make sure to bring a camera and document it all!

What are your thoughts?

Have you done any of these things before? Do you have any more recommendations we should know about? What other activities are on your college bucket list? Let us know in the comments.

Posted on on August 26, 2012 / Filed Under: College Life / Tags: , , , , , , ,

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9 Responses to “5 Fun Activities to Try During College”

  1. 1
    August 26th, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Another great charity walk is the JDRF Walk to Cure Type 1 Diabetes! JDRF helps to raise money for research to cure Juvenile Diabetes. I’m going to be doing one in Chicago this fall :) has all the information on where and when walks are held all around the country!

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    August 26th, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    I’ve done a Heart Association walk and one for JDRF! I plan to do them again this year. Although I’m not yet in college, I will be by the time Catching Fire is out. I may go to the midnight premiere; that seems fun

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    August 27th, 2012 at 6:21 am

    So far I’ve only did #1, I’ll try to do the rest too! Next is #2 on my list (:

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    August 27th, 2012 at 8:26 am

    I must add “Go Abroad”. The experience will definitely change your life. The options range from an inexpensive (or even free) week of volunteering abroad to spending a whole year at another school. When else will you have the freedom to spend a week building an orphanage in Guatemala, or studying Existentialism in Paris?

    Studying for a semester in Germany had a huge, positive impact on my life. I became much more confident, independent, and mature. I also saw some of the most beautiful sights in Europe. On top of all that, the trip looked great on my resume and helped me land The Dream Job when I graduated.

    So Go Abroad! You must add it to the list!

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    August 27th, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    I will second the study abroad recomendation! I SO regret not doing the semester at sea program that my college had…it seemed like so much money at the time, but to do that vacation now would cost SO much more. Plus it would be a headache with little kids!

    If you are eligible to do a team sport DO IT!! At least red shirt the team. I could have ran track and xc at my college and didn’t because I was worried it would be too time consuming. Wish I had taken lighter loads and finished college one semester later.

    Be sure you have some sort of daily exercise routine. Don’t put it off because you are waiting for life to get less hectic. It won’t. It doesn’t get easier to fit exercise in when you are working full time and after you have children! This was advice given to me when I was in college and I’m glad I took it.

    Enjoy! College is so much fun! I’m a 33 year old mom of three and love my life now, but I look back on the old days with much nostalgia. :)

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    August 30th, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Kirsten & Nancy — Study Abroad is a great choice for some students! If you can’t study abroad, at least having new traveling experiences is always good for your personal growth.

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