To chill or not to chill? A reading period mantra. During times like these (with little-to-no class…or, if you’re unlucky, a lot of class), it’s easy to get distracted. Suddenly everything in New England may look super fun and enticingly adventurous—that’s totally normal. Although I won’t encourage you to drop the books and find a car and zip to the destination of your dreams….who am I kidding? That’s exactly what I’m going to do.
If you find that you’re coming to resemble the above animation, consider putting brakes on the studying and indulging in some you time. Consider doing one of the following:
1. Go to the RISD Farm in Barrington, RI (it’s actually a beach). It’s beautiful, a stone’s throw away, and it’s private! Only Brown or RISD students allowed, so bring your ID. Try biking there for a good workout.
2. If it’s late when you start to lose your cool, go to the Haven Brothers’ truck at Kennedy Plaza. It’s legendary. Try the coffee milk for a pick-me-up!
3. Go to the Nelly. Run, bike, or swim—nothing clears the mind like clear water. You’ll emerge from the pool feeling de-stressed, relaxed and refreshed. It’s good for you, too.
4. Breathe. (Duh.) Maybe try meditating.
5. Eat a snack. No, not chips, something good for you. You’ve probably been starring at a screen for way too long, so carrots for the eyes might be the move.
6. Similarly, take a break from the tedium of meal plan (if you have any meal credits left, that is). Treat yo’self to the grub on Thayer. Good, hearty food will keep you energized, focused, and satisfied.
7. Hunt down a friend and demand he/she give you a massage. A little reflexology never hurt anybody.
Keep it cool during these final weeks. Summer is just around the bend!