It’s easy to forget that there is life outside of textbooks and classes.
After studying and doing homework in the library for hours a day, I usually don’t even leave campus during the week.
I get so sucked into grades and work that I forget there is a world outside of Linfield.
While sitting in one of my classes, I caught myself zoning out the window and staring at the hills.
I was dying to find out what it looked like close up. Then, I realized I need to explore more.
As college students, we become way too used to our routine of waking up, going to class, doing homework, hanging out, going to bed and then starting all over again.
Some may like this routine, but I personally don’t. I get antsy and restless, desiring to go on an adventure.
We need to explore so much more. Get lost in the mountains, volunteer at your favorite non-profit organization, get an internship, travel or create something.
Most importantly, ask questions. We need to question things to learn.
I think school is important, or else I wouldn’t be here, but I think that experiencing and questioning things is even more crucial.
Most people say that their hobbies include playing video games, watching TV, partying and hanging out with friends.
Those are great things. But what about the hobbies that make you actually do something or think critically?
So, I challenge you to get a new hobby that you’ve never tried before.
If you like hiking, go discover a new trail. There are tons of places in our area perfect for making a trek.
Or get a group of friends and explore a new area of Portland you’ve never seen before. Visit new restaurants and local shops.
If you miss having a pet, as I do, volunteer at an animal shelter and play with the dogs.
Find a small theater and watch a film that has never been advertised on TV. Better yet, see a foreign film with subtitles.
Break the cycle. It’s so refreshing to try something new and have a change of pace of environment.
Get over a fear. If you’re afraid of heights, challenge yourself to get on a roof and see the world from a new perspective.
Don’t forget to ask questions. While going out and getting experience, ask why things are the way they are.
Are things working the way they are? Why or why not?
Don’t just settle with the answers that textbooks or authority figures give you. Figure it out on your own. It adds a whole new element to learning.
You have to discover it instead of having it spoon-fed to you in the classroom.