Jeremy jabber: Go outside

Jeremy Vreeken-Staff Writer

What do you find yourself doing on an average evening? Is it homework? Is it video games? Is it watching TV or movies? Is it spending time on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest or some equally meaningless social website? Is it Skyping someone back home?

If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you need to get out more. If the majority of your evenings are spent indoors, then you should probably get outside. Like now!  Or at least when you’re done with this paper.

We live in Iowa, and that means that at this time of year, the number of nice days is swiftly declining. But we also live on a beautiful campus in a beautiful town; which means there is still lots to do outside, even if it’s just doing class reading outside under a tree rather than indoors under a fluorescent light. Hijack some friends and go play some Frisbee golf at Children’s Park, or play a round of campus golf.

You could walk to The Fruited Plain and get a pumpkin spice latte (I mean, come on, who doesn’t love those?), or you could even find someone special and go on a “Dordt Walk” (For you freshmen, you might try: down through the prairie, past the soccer fields, all the way to Children’s Park, and back up 4th Ave.) Just be sure to make your intentions known at the beginning.

Whatever you choose to do, just remember, you’d better do it before all the leaves are gone off the trees, because man-oh-man, winter here can be rough (and that’s coming from a Canadian!). Just because we had it easy last year does not mean mother nature will be so kind again.

Also, fall is probably when Sioux Center is at its best; the weather is much more agreeable, the colors of the leaves are amazing and just make you want to be outside, plus pumpkin spice everything is available! What’s not to love? As they say, “Sweater weather is better weather.” And they’re rarely wrong.

So, instead of enjoying your cramped, stinky, messy dorm, or your annoying hall-mates, go outside! Leave your car parked, your laptop and cell phone in your room, and just go. Take a walk; it will clear your head and add some nature to your day.

However, if you are stuck inside, do something useful and drop me a line. Is there something you want me to look in to? An event you know of that should be featured? A person that should be recognized? An issue you want discussed in the columns? Whatever it is, either send me an email or catch me around campus. And I’ll see what I can do!

Until next time, thanks for reading and have a great day! Go ahead and pass this paper to someone who hasn’t read it yet! In the words of Ron Burgundy, “You stay classy, Dordt College!”

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