6 Hobbies Students Can Enjoy When Not in Class

Time spent away from class or studying can be boring, particularly if you’ve got no pressing assignments or due dates, or if you’re tired of constant video games or movies. The following is a list of a few hobbies that even a broke student can get into and have fun experimenting with.

1. Photography

If you can find an inexpensive camera or have a phone with a built-in camera, you can snap a lot of pictures. Now that digital photography has largely replaced film, you can take 10 shots instead of trying to get the illusive “one perfect shot.”

Try taking a dozen different angles of a single object, from below — as if you were half an inch tall. Or try taking a picture of a tree from the highest branch you can climb to, for an inside view that’s hard to duplicate. Experimenting is what’s great about being a photographer.

2. Writing and Journaling

If you have something to say, immortalize it through the written word. Far too many people think they have nothing to contribute to society, but there are plenty of angles that still haven’t been explored. If nothing else, getting your thoughts on paper or a screen can help you learn about yourself and make more sense of life. Gaining more perspective is a solid use of time.

3. Coaching a Sport

Have you ever considered taking up coaching as a hobby? It is a lot of work, but the reward of watching your athletes learn lessons is very gratifying. This isn’t even counting the thrill of victory, which can be downright palpable. Knowing that each member of the team is succeeding that much more because of your help and honest feedback is a rush that’s hard to top.

4. Pop Off Some Rounds

When you pick up a BB gun and airsoft accessories, you can have some simple fun without all of the social implications of most of these hobbies. Just go pop off some rounds and hit some targets, and watch the stresses in life melt away. It’s a lot cheaper than a regular firearm, and a good deal safer.

5. Baking

Baking breads, rolls, and other things is a fun little task that involves a little chemistry, a few ingredients, and a lot of potential for creativity. When your baked goods make people happy and you can enjoy having a nice finished product, it’s a great feeling that’s hard to top. While baking isn’t quite as good as coaching, you might enjoy some banana bread more than trying to eat a trophy.

6. Find a Way to Help Someone

Helping people goes back to the same joy that coaching inspires. But when you volunteer somewhere, you can really make a difference in the lives of people who might need the extra help but have no money to give. While kids can find another coach, you might be the first person to show concern for society’s downtrodden in a long time — and that’s powerful.

There are plenty of fun things you can do in between classes. The above are some fun ideas to get you started.

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