Wondering what to do when your pocket book runs out? Are you getting bored easily? Are you sick of watching the same movies?
Cash-strapped college students – especially freshmen, who don’t know what campus and Salem have to offer – often have a hard time finding new and interesting things to do with their evenings. Upperclassman have plenty ideas for free fun.
Zack Jackson, a junior, said, “Get involved! Join fellowships, clubs and local sports. You can also go to the gym and meet people.”
Jackson makes it a point to find people and spend a few minutes talking to them and getting to know them. “That’s probably the best to find out what’s going on,” said Jackson.
For those seeking laughs, websites like ahajokes.com and icanhazcheezburger.com are great time wasters and even more fun when spent with friends.
The fellowships on campus are always busy. The Doves and Eagles are hosting Chivalry Dinner in which everyone is invited, not just Doves and Eagles. The Doves and Eagles have been working on every aspect of this to make the cost just 12 dollars.
Throughout each semester, many clubs are busy on campus. Republicans and Dramatis Personae are active this year as is SALT, an outreach program, and Westrek, a hiking club.
These clubs typically have signs posted up around campus, showing upcoming events, nearly all free!
At the end of a busy weekend, Sunday evenings are perfect times to take your friends and head over to Schimmel Hall to practice your swing dancing. Student-instructors arrive at about 6:30 and stay for a couple of hours to impart their skills to less coordinated students.
For students who already have social circles, there are a slew of cost efficient options.
“You can go geo-caching! That is, if you have a GPS,” said Jackson.
Geo-caching is an activity where one person uses a GPS to locate a box, or cache somewhere on the planet. According to Jackson, there are a ton of these near and around the Salem area. Those interested may go to the website, geocaching.com, logon, and find “way points” to put in their GPS system.
For those who do not have a GPS, like Alysha Gates, there are other options.
“Read a book!” said Gates. “Watch a movie with your friends, go shopping at the mall. If you’re broke, then window-shop!”
Peter Musick agreed. “Make sure you watch a movie with someone, don’t hole up in your room!” said Musick. “Get out of your shell!”