“When its summer in Columbus there are only 10,000 students on campus.”
Now, that’s not an exact number by any means, but the point I’m trying to make here is that despite it being significantly smaller than the over 55,000 students that attend during the fall, winter and spring quarters, it’s still larger than the population of many campuses. Summer in the University District can be dead at times, and it is a far cry from the rest of the year. But that doesn’t mean it has to suck or be less fun. Even though most people leave and go home, there is still a very large number of people who stick around which often is higher than many other campus populations during the year. Whether you are working a job or internship, taking classes, or just bumming around and taking a summer off to relax, here are a few tips to make it a good one:
- Be open with new people and do some things you’ve never done before or don’t normally do:
Many a Buckeye has been left stranded in Columbus when all or most of their close friends have gone away until September. If this is you, be open to meeting new people- almost like you did when you were a freshman and first came to campus. These could be people you work with or who live next door to you, or maybe even current friends that you don’t know as well or even an acquaintance or friend of a friend. Be open and try things you’ve always wanted to do like maybe rock climbing or hiking out in Hocking Hills. Go see a band you’ve always wanted to see or that your friend wants to take you to but you’ve never heard of. It’s also good to set goals- you will have more time to work on them. Summer is a perfect time to set fitness goals, which is what I am personally doing this summer.
- Throw a party or other fun events:
Get your friends together and fill up a kiddie pool in your front lawn or set up a slip n slide and grill out with some cold ones for fun during the day. Go play frisbee, capture the flag, football, soccer or whatever on the Oval- there will be plenty of room out there in the summer. Throw a summer party. It doesn’t have to be big or for any real reason other than to have a good time. It can be as simple as a beer and a bonfire or a major rager that they’ll be taking about well into the fall- whatever you want. Summer parties are great breaks for people working tough internships or a lot of hours at a job, and may be just what you and your friends are looking for when in need of a good time to de-stress from all the work.
- Get out of your house on off days:
An easy way to get bored on your off days is to sit at home and do nothing. Although there may be days where you absolutely need this, too many will begin to wear on you. Refer to #1 and #2 for ideas on how to get out of the house.
- Join a Summer in Columbus group on Facebook:
This summer, a few people have realized the need for people who are sticking around campus to be able to post events and fun things to do and meet up for. As of this writing, there are at least three such groups that I know of and have been very active thus far. Just search “summer in Columbus 2010” or “in Columbus for the summer” and you will find these groups.
- Play summer intramurals:
Ohio State offers softball, soccer and sand volleyball for summer intramurals, and anyone with a photo ID can play during summer quarter ONLY, even if they don’t go to Ohio State. You can get a team together and register, or you can sign up as an individual and be placed on a team where you can make new friends- you play and enjoy the same sport so you obviously have something in common.
Before you know it, the leaves will start to change and football season will be back in full swing, then the freshmen will move in and everyone will be back again. Summer on campus can be a great time, so make the most of it. However you choose to do so, you can make it awesome no matter what your situation.