In Northern Indiana, a good portion of the weeks between early January and early April are spent shuffling to class beneath a blanket of gray clouds whilst attempting to step arounds piles of slush leftover from last week’s snow. It can be a dismal prospect—one that makes most of us consider holing up in our dorm rooms for the rest of the winter with coffee and Netflix. Believe it or not, however, one of the best ways to beat the cold-weather blues is to get out and get involved on campus. Based on my own experience, I want to highlight a few of the best places to spend your time during the winter months.The other beautiful thing about the theatre is that most of the work is done inside, which is nice in the winter, especially if you live in a colder climate. And I can promise you that almost every theatre there is needs more help than it’s getting. It’s exciting, mathematical, and artistic work. Who knows, you may even make some of the best friends you’ve ever had!This can include anything from volunteering at a second-hand store or painting walls to serving at a homeless shelter. Most campuses have opportunities for students to volunteer nearby, especially if your school is located in a town or city. More than likely there’s an office devoted to off-campus or service work. It shouldn’t take you much detective work to find it. Once you’re there, ask for a list of nearby service opportunities.
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