Tori Cole, columnist

Tori Cole, columnist

If you ask almost any college student how their life is, it is almost guaranteed the word “busy” will appear somewhere in their response. One of the first things students are quick to remove from their schedules is hobbies, self-improvement, and personal growth. In some cases, this might be a necessity, at least for a season. But it can be too easy to see these activities as pointless and not beneficial in the moment. However, taking time for personal growth is one of the most advantageous things a student can do.

Setting aside time to engage in an intellectual activity such as reading, writing for enjoyment, solving puzzles, or playing strategic games can be hugely beneficial. These kinds of activities stimulate the mind and can relieve stress, help you think more clearly, and improve your memory.

Building skills such as athletic talent and musical ability is hugely beneficial as well. It increases a sense of self-worth and confidence, not to mention allows you to build skills which will potentially be useful later.

Just as important are activities which are not inherently as “useful.” Pick an area you are passionate about and learn more. Find a passion and pursue it. Sure, it might be difficult to be completely invested at this time. But a little time spent simply investing will pay out several times over in the future.

Take up a hobby. Work on a skill you don’t need. Not only does it help you become a more well-rounded person, it will benefit you emotionally and intellectually.