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By Abigail Wolfenberger
I’m sure you’ve all heard by now about Stony Brook University’s plans to recover the days we lost our first two weeks back, due to the mounds of snow that entombed us in our dorms. If you somehow missed the incredibly depressing announcement, I’m about to ruin your day and, possibly, your next month.
The university has decided to schedule Monday classes on the Fridays of March 6th and 27th. That’s right. Jack Frost may have won us the battle, but SBU won the war. If your schedule’s anything like mine, you’re not even supposed to have classes on Fridays. You have shin splints dashing to your Thursday back-to-back classes just so you can avoid setting that atrocious alarm for Friday mornings.
What better way to relieve the stress of waking up on your day off than to think of what else you could possibly be doing. Instead of sitting in a cold chair, dozing in and out of a monotone lecture (no offense professors, but you know you won’t want to be there either), you could be:
1) Feng shuiing your dorm room
The best way to bring in a new semester is to bring it in with a new style. Why not move the couch in the left corner over to the right corner? How about putting the poster on your door or over your bed? Changing your environment changes your mentality. It creates inspiration. This is incredibly important during the winter months when people tend to fall into a depressive slump. Placing the T.V. on the adjacent wall might just give you an entirely different outlook on life.
2) Take a stroll through Port Jeff
After grabbing some delicious grub at one of the many unique restaurants lining the streets of Port Jeff, you can walk onto the dock and gaze at a gorgeous, Long Island sunset. To add on an even greater appeal, you can bring a little bag of heavenly dessert with you. Across from the harbor stands the Port Jefferson Frigate. It’s the perfect place to satisfy your sweet tooth. You can fill bags with a variety of candy, add endless scoops of ice cream to your cone, pick out your favorite chocolate covered snack by the pound, or topple whipped cream onto a freshly made slice of pie. Even my boyfriend, who asks for steak instead of cake on his birthday, found something to suit his fancy.
3) Getting a start on that yoga you keep telling yourself you’ll get to
One of the most common New Year’s resolutions is getting into shape. We are now more than two months into 2015. Are you still holding true to that resolution? While feng shuiing your room, you can arrange a glorious yoga area. You don’t need a huge space. If your mat fits, you’re good to go! Yoga is a great way to relax the body and calm the mind. This is crucial for students, especially when the university keeps tacking on school days. Instead of sitting in class you could be holding the strong stance of a warrior or a tree.
4) Travel the Island
We are very fortunate to have a train station here on campus, especially since we’re not permitted to have a car until junior year without a granted exception. You can take a train to almost any part of the island. Actually, you can take a train to any part of New York. Your wallet is the limit. If you have some extra spending money, grab your friends and explore a part of the state you have yet to see.
5) Build an igloo
Chances are good that we’re going to get a decent amount of snow this March. Just because we’re young adults doesn’t mean we have to leave childhood fun behind. Why not take advantage of the massive white blanket covering our campus? Many times you’ll see students building snowmen, but last year Tabler and Roth Quad residents took snow art to the next level. Scooping snow into rectangular plastic bins, both quads built a life-sized igloo, block by block. However, this year residents have been slacking. I have yet to see the construction of an igloo. Instead of being in your Monday classes on these Fridays, you could be engineering a snow home.