Being snowed in is not as terrible as you might think


By: Troy Fitzpatrick

Everyone knows this situation. It’s a snow day, you’ve tired yourself out playing in the snow, and now you are stuck in your room with nothing to do and half of the day left. You end up eating, watching TV, browsing Facebook, and then repeating it all until it’s time to go to bed. So, how can you avoid wasting these huge chunks of your snow days?

I think as college students, it shouldn’t be hard to find something to do when we are bored. Not only do we have our personal amenities, but we have everything that the school provides for us. Granted, some of those options may be closed because of the weather, but not all of them will be.

One option that is always a sure thing is watching a movie. You can pull one up online, throw in one of your DVDs or a newfangled blu-ray disc for all of you tech-savvy kids, or even go to the library and pick one up there.

You can do the average “sit in bed and watch it alone” thing, or you could invite some friends over to watch and get some hot chocolate and tea going for everyone. You can even grab a common room, depending on the building, that has a television and hook your laptop up to it and watch it there with your friends for more of a living room-like environment.

Watching movies are not the only thing you can do in a common room, though. One thing that I like to do, is go down to one of the kitchens in my dorm and cook a huge meal with my friends. It gives you something to do and eat. Two birds with one stone, in a way.

This next possibility is potentially dangerous and detrimental to your grades and social life. But if you are desperate, there is no better way to use up your time on a snow day. RPGs. Role playing games. These video games are particularly addicting and very extended in length. While they are very fun and engaging, they will take up more of your time than the just the rest of your snow day. Some RPGs can include Skyrim, Assassin’s Creed, Minecraft, and various Pokemon games.

I myself am guilty of picking up my old Pokemon Gameboy games and playing them for hours on end despite the fact that I am a 20 year old man. Anybody can get sucked into those retro video games without even realizing it. I am pretty sure that time does indeed move faster when you are playing Pokemon.

You can delve into RPGs if you dare, but be sure to heed my warning, and do not come to me when you’re put on academic probation for excessive video game play.

So, the next time that you find yourself stuck inside with nothing to do, remember that you can always find something. All you need to do is use a little imagination and an activity will present itself. Whether it be eating, sleeping, board games, watching movies, or God forbid, playing RPGs, there will always be something to do when you are snowed in at Radford.

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