15. Do a 300-500 piece puzzle:
Puzzles are a great thing to have when you’re bored and even when you’re stressed out. It forces you to focus on one thing for a couple of hours and once you’ve finished it, it feels like a significant accomplishment. And it is! Post a picture of your completed puzzle to Facebook once you’re done and have your friends “ooh” and “ahh” over your masterpiece.
16. Get crafty and organized: “You can create tiny shelves out of cardboard boxes from snacks and stuff lying around your dorm to organize things, like pens,” Zaman says.
17. Read a book: It’s an old school method to pass the time, so curl up with the classics: Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre, or revert to A Shore Thing by Snooki. It’s important to be balanced!
18. Clean: Sweep, wash the dishes, and clean the toilet bowl. While it’s not the most enjoyable activity in the world, cleaning is productive and it gives you time to think and clear your head. If you’re stressed out, it can help get your mind off of things, and if you’re tired of sitting on your butt, you just might find some satisfaction out of being able to see your reflection in your fork.
19. Clean up your social networking pages: Sure, you had a great time at your best friend’s birthday party, but your future employers don’t need to know how good of a time you actually had. Get rid of those slightly salacious photos, and curse filled rants on Twitter just in time to apply for summer internships. Find out more here.
20. Plan your outfits for the week: You’ve heard this tip several times, but it’s not very practical for a busy schedule. Planning layers to wear for the freezing weather is quite a task, so take advantage of the time at hand and take pictures of your planned outfits, so you remember exactly what you wanted to wear each day.
21. Do 100 jumping jacks/20 push-ups/50 crunches:
Getting your body moving will rev up your metabolism and endorphins, especially if you’ve been sitting around all day. This small workout will take less than five minutes and you burn about 100 calories total, and if you’re really dedicated you could do it every hour and burn some major calories. That way, once the weather clears up, you’ll feel active and energetic instead of schlumpy.
22. Make mix CDs for your friends back home: It’s totally normal to get homesick every once in a while. A good way to remedy that is to send your friends a little gift to tell them how much you miss them. Burn a CD for them of all the songs that remind you of the great times you’ve had together, decorate the CDs and send them with a little love.
23. Attempt to make a viral video with your friends: Dress up with your friends and make a silly video to “Party in the U.S.A” or "Bad Romance.” Even if you don’t post it on YouTube, you can still save it on your hard drive as a cherished memory between you and your friends. Bonus points for getting your RA to join in on the fun. Check out HC’s tips for becoming a YouTube sensation!
24. Increase your trivial knowledge: “If you've got a computer,” Zaman says. “You can always test yourself on trivia on sporcle.com, go on learning tangents with tabbed browsing on Wikipedia, or even try learning a new language over the internet.”
25. Call your mom:
She definitely misses you. And if she doesn’t have something interesting to say, you can always ask her to pass the phone to your cat. Just make sure your roommates aren’t around.
Tau Zaman, Emerson College Resident Assistant