BY JANE HURST
When you are in college you can become consumed with classes, research papers, and studying. Your brain will be functioning non-stop and you could end up harming yourself with stress. One way to relieve stress while attending college is by picking up a hobby. Here are eight cheap hobbies for college students.
- Learn Calligraphy – This is a fun hobby that you can use for decorations and gifts. Calligraphy supplies are as simple as specialized pens and paper. Once you have mastered this hobby you can earn money by created specialized invitations and cards.
- Juggling – The art of juggling will help you with your balance and hand eye coordination. It is a fun hobby that will impress your friends. All you need are small beanbags. Check out some online videos or books about juggling and you will be moving four or five bags through the air in no time.
- Playing pool – This is a relaxing hobby that is inexpensive. Usually colleges will have a pool table on campus. “Even if you are just a beginner you can enjoy this game. It can be played solo or with friends. Practicing is what will help you advance, but there are also informative videos and resources online, to teach you the tricks to playing pool,” says an expert from Home Leisure Direct.
- Origami – While this may sound simple it is not. Origami is the art of folding paper into different shapes. You need to focus on your project and follow complex directions. There are inexpensive origami kits available with paper that folds well. You can also find books and videos to help you learn this ancient art.
- Kite Building – This is a fun hobby that you can take with you anywhere. You can fly a kite in your yard, at the beach, in the mountains, in a park, and elsewhere. You can find easy to assemble kites that are not too expensive, or you can learn to build your own kite out of different materials. Kite building can be a stress release along with kite flying. Once you get your kite in the air you can learn how to make it swoop and dive. Flying a kite is a nice way to spend an afternoon away from your studies.
- Learn a new card game – Playing cards is a relaxing hobby that you can do with friends or by yourself. There are literally thousands of different games out there to learn and a deck of cards is very inexpensive. You can find books of card games at your local library, or you can look up card games online. Wherever you find them, this hobby will help keep you stress free and happy.
- Write poetry – Poetry is a very personalized hobby that you can do anywhere. There is virtually no cost and you can be your own judge. There are many different styles of poetry that you can try and emulate. Read some poems and then try and create your own poems or just wing it with free verse. You can write about your life or anything you want to. If you get good at writing poetry you may even get published one day.
- Whittling – The only things you need for this hobby are a knife and a stick. You can create intricate crafts with this hobby that you can eventually sell. There are tutorials online and books you can read to help you get started with whittling. Experiment with different types of wood and thickness of sticks to create different sculptures.
Having a hobby in college can help divert you from your studies for a few hours. Hobbies will help you with stress and let you relax and have some fun.
Jane Hurst has been working in education for over 5 years as a teacher. She loves sharing her knowledge with students, is fascinated about ed tech and loves reading, a lot. Follow Jane on Twitter.