Activities on and around campus offer reprieve from finals

Students flock to trees on and off campus to hammock in the spring sun. (Archive photo by John Chapple | Collegian Media Group)

Springtime in college is often stressful, balancing group projects, exams, impending graduation or finding an internship. While it is important to focus on classes and work, so is finding time to relax, rejuvenate and maybe even try something new. Now that the weather is getting warmer and the flowers are in bloom, there is much more to do in Manhattan.

Studying is a must in college, but why not do it outside? Grab a blanket or a hammock and find a spot on campus to set up shop. Bring a speaker or headphones, and you’ll breeze through your work. Even if you don’t have to study, this is a great way to socialize with friends or get in some reading.

Hiking the Konza is a must-do in Manhattan, and spring is the perfect time for it. Grab a group of friends, pack some water and snacks and explore. There are three trails – the Nature Trail (2.6 miles), Kings Creek Loop (4.6 miles) and Godwin Hill Loop (6.2 miles). Throughout each hike, you’ll see views of the Flint Hills and the Kansas River Valley.

Another outdoor must is a visit to Tuttle Creek Lake to fish, kayak or just enjoy the views. You can drive over the dam and view the lake from up high or go down to the park to hammock or even camp (if that’s your thing). There are multiple trails around the lake if you want to hike somewhere other than the Konza.

Additional outdoor getaways include the Manhattan and Kansas Hills, which offer great views of the city and are perfect for hanging out with friends or having alone time.

If you’re looking for something to do closer to campus, then the Kansas State bowling alley is a great option. Located inside the K-State Student Union, the Wabash Cannon Bowl is a convenient and cheap way to compete with your friends. It offers different specials on bowling, drinks and food throughout the week, so there’s sure to be a good deal going on.

If bowling isn’t your cup of tea or you’re craving the outdoors, the K-State University Gardens has a plethora of plants and beautiful sights. You can even broaden your horizons and visit the Insect Zoo while you’re there.

While springtime in college has its stressors, you can always take the time to explore Manhattan for a reprieve from studying and maybe discover a new place to make the most of your college career.