, 2023-03-28 09:43:32,
It is a truth universally acknowledged that traditional undergraduate students spend many, many hours on campus. Granted, many of those hours are spent in class, learning from world-class professors alongside fellow classmates. However, many of those hours also fill the time between classes, extend into the evenings, and overflow into weekends. The good news is that there are plenty of fun things to do on Bethel’s campus, and we aren’t just talking about studying, working on group projects, or writing essays. Here are 10 fun, free things students can do on campus—no matter their year, major, or resident status.
1. Disc Golf
Bethel’s beautiful 247-acre campus features one of the top disc golf courses in the country. Ranked #3 nationwide by UDisc—the official app of the Professional Disc Golf Association—Bethel’s free disc golf course offers 18 holes across campus. Largely on the north side of campus, the course begins near Chalberg Hall and crosses through a wooded area along Lake Valentine. This gives the course a unique layout with a bit of everything: several elevation changes, water hazards, tight wooded lines, park-style golf, and out-of-bounds-lined fairways. Some students even take a disc golf course for academic credit!
2. Rent Board Games from the Library
The Bethel Library has everything from downloadable eBooks to a DVD collection that rivals any remaining Blockbuster. Students can stave off seasonal affective disorder by renting a SAD lamp or checking out the latest young adult fantasy series gripping social media. And, to spice up any residence hall party, roommate movie night, or get-to-know-you club event, students can rent a variety of board games from the Bethel Library. It’s really a win-win-win.
If one were to visit Bethel on a balmy, sunny day (at least 40 degrees), odds are they’d find students lounging in hammocks. Whether they’re chatting with pals, doing homework, reading for fun, or snoozing—Royals try to chase the warmer weather as much as they can. There are numerous places across Bethel’s 247 acres to hammock—on The Hill, near the dock, on the Russell W. Johnson Nature Trail, Sem Hill, and more! So grab your gear, wear your shades, and get outside.
4. Fire Pits
Like hammocking, the fire pits in Kresge courtyard and the Lake Valentine patio give students another reason to get outside. Unlike hammocking, it’s a different vibe. Students often gather into the evening to form those lifelong…
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