Whether your personal definition of the weekend is a traditional Saturday-Sunday affair, or a liberal Friday (even Thursday) to Monday morning, everyone needs something to work toward during the week; Ohio State and Columbus hardly lack in activities, festivities and general fun for the weekend. My name is Alex and here are my favorite things to do:
I. YEAR-ROUND OPPORTUNITIES
1) Study: Let’s be honest, that midterm isn’t going to study for itself. I like to set aside a little time from my weekend to get down to business and get ahead in my classes.
2) Hang out: Going to class with friends is great, but make sure to get to know each other outside of the classroom.
3) Athletic events: The feeling around campus on game day is pure SCARLET AND GREY ENERGY. Breakout your Buckeye attire and face paint because the Bucks are about to win!
II. PLACES TO EAT:
5) Thurman Café: This famous burger café has delicious monster burgers (including the Thurmanator) and is located German Village.
6) Melt: Just a short bus ride or walk into the Short North, this restaurant has an amazing assortment of delectable sandwiches.
7) Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams: World-famous Jeni’s Ice Cream is available on campus! However, I think visiting the shop in the Short North is well worth the trip.
8) Piada: For all you Chipotle fanatics, just imagine Chipotle but for pasta!
9) Northstar Café: With several locations, Northstar is my personal favorite for great food and organic options.
11) Tai’s Asian Bistro: Talk about more bang for your buck, when I order their Pad Tai, it lasts me for days!
12) Union Café (not the one on campus): If you are looking for a great brunch, pop on in for some tasty breakfast food!
13) Surly Girl: Located close to campus in the Short North, Surly Girl offers great comfort food.
14) Katalina’s: Three words. Nutella Pancake Balls.
15) Figlio: If you are looking for pizza and pasta, Figlio in Grandview is a great place to eat!
III. OPPORTUNITIES FOR ADVENTURE
16) Scioto Audubon Metro Park: This Columbus park has an outdoor rock climbing wall!
17) CoGo Bikes: No bike, no problem. CoGo is a bike share program so you can bike the Columbus trails.
19) Run the Trails: The Olentangy Trail stretches alongside the river. This is a perfect place for long runs and bike rides.
20) Relax on the Oval: It’s nice to actually stop and smell the roses (or grass) once in a while.
21) CoSi: You might nerd out a bit, but CoSi isn’t just for kids. This interactive science museum is a blast for all ages.
IV. THINGS IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER (but are easy to forget)
22) Call home: Let’s face it, there are times where you may miss home during your first year. Make a point of calling those good friends or family members when you’re thinking of them, they’ll appreciate it.
23) Sleep: You’ve earned it. Although you may not want to spend your whole weekend catching up on sleep, it’s healthy to take time to rest. Work on creating a healthy sleep schedule, so you can use your weekends to build relationships and have adventures!
Check in on July 7 (orientation day 25) when Nikki will write about The 25 Tweets You Might Post During Your First Year.