by Hunter Sandwisch
Beginning college is an exciting and rewarding part of life, but I’ll admit it can be stressful. And if you focus only on studying all the time, you can begin to become so stressed that you don’t do as well as you should on your exams and tests. One of the things that I have found that helps me relieve stress is physical activity. There are many ways to get active on campus, whether it is working out in the weight room, playing pool, or even playing racquetball. However, my favorite way to get active on campus is through getting involved in intramural sports. Ohio State ATI offers three seasons of intramurals that last about 6 weeks each. In the fall we play softball, football, and volleyball; in the winter we have 3-on-3 basketball; and in the spring we do volleyball and 5-on-5 basketball.
This past fall, while I began to take my first midterm, I became very stressed. While all this stress was building up and I was studying every chance I had, I knew I needed a way to relieve some of that stress and have some fun while doing it. That is when some of my friends got together and made a football team. Quickly, I realized that I was enjoying my time out on the field and relieving stress at the same time. During intramurals, they have tournaments that follow the regular season. This year my football team won the championship, and my volleyball team fell just short in the championship game. After the seasons are over for most sports, our school’s winning team plays against the intramural champion from the College of Wooster.
The Student Activities Center holds all these intramural sports and many other activities as well. The Student Activities Center (SAC), is open 7 days a week and the times vary. One of the great things is that it is completely free of charge as long as you bring your BuckID. You are also allowed to bring a guest. The SAC has many events each week hosted by either the Student Activities Council or by Community Council. Some of these events are the homecoming dance, bull bash, game nights, craft nights, and glow-in-the-dark dodgeball. Not only are these activities held at the SAC but there is also free food offered at nearly every event—and what college kid doesn’t love free food!
The SAC also is a great place to do your homework or hang out in between classes if you don’t want to drive home or walk back to your apartment. The SAC is also great for commuters as there are lounges and locker rooms that are available to any BuckID holder free of charge. There are also TVs all around that you can hook any laptop or gaming system up to if you wish to watch a movie or play games while there.
College can be a stressful time in someone’s life. Something to keep in mind is that although studying is an essential part of success in college, you cannot perform to the best of your abilities if you are overly stressed. The best way that I have found to relieve my stress in my first year of college is through intramurals and getting involved in activity nights at the SAC. This is one of the ways to have fun and enjoy your time in college because the college years are the best years of your life, and it is no different here at Ohio State ATI!