Spring is approaching and with the beautiful days there will also be some rainy days to come. You may be searching for some new and fun things to do to pass the time in the dorms when you can’t go out to enjoy the weather. I want to share some electronic-free time passers you can do when you’re not watching Netflix…it may be a good idea to give your eyes a break from the screen for a bit!

rainy day reflection

Photo by Jacob Striker ’18


1. Card games

There are so many different and fun card games you can play with your roommates or with a group of friends. Whether it’s just Go Fish because that’s a classic or learning how to play Blackjack, the options are endless. I only know a handful of card games and feel like I have a lot to learn.

2. Break out a board game

You may not have any in your dorm room, but I know several different residence halls that have board games you can check out to play. I recommend The Game of Life, my personal favorite, or Trouble. Check in with your front desk to see what they have to offer!

3. Arts and crafts

No, arts and crafts aren’t just for little kids. They can actually be a great time and you may love the result. Something I’ve been wanting to try is getting a blank canvas and painting my favorite quote on it to hang up in my dorm room. There are tons of Pinterest painting ideas to inspire you, but if you don’t consider yourself artistic, that’s fine too! There are plenty of other crafts online to choose from.

4. Bake something

There are a ton of delicious recipes online to try. One of my favorites is a chocolate chip, Oreo and fudge brownie bar – the recipe is so simple! All you basically need is chocolate chip cookie dough, Oreos and brownie mix.

5. Coloring books

Okay, I know all college students must miss these – I know I do! Go out to buy some new markers or crayons. There are several adult coloring books you can find on Amazon or Michaels. They can be a relaxing and stress relieving way to pass the time.