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Guide to surviving dorm boredom

Rachel Craft

Issue date: 1/30/09 Section: Focus
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Winter break is over, and it's back to reality for the Case populace. That's right: 8:30 classes, three-hour labs, late nights (and early mornings) of nothing but reading, writing, and lots of caffeine. But don't let the start-of-school stress get you down; there's still plenty of fun to be had both on and off campus. I collaborated with my closest friends for some inspiration on combating the dormroom doldrums.

In the middle of winter, it's easy to hide out in your room in a cocoon of blankets. But trust me, it is totally worth it to venture outside once in a while and play in the snow. Make the most of Cleveland weather. Pack on the layers, grab a pair of boots, and have some fun! My friends and I celebrated the first snowfall of the year with a huge snowball fight on the football field. You might also check out one of Cleveland's sledding slopes or ice rinks; there's a new synthetic one a few minutes away on Wade Oval, where you can skate for just $3.

If you're tired of the dining hall fare, why not go out to dinner one night? There are dozens of interesting and unique eateries easily accessible by bus, or even within walking distance. Craving authentic Italian? Spend the evening exploring Little Italy. In the mood for Mexican? Grab a hulking Chipotle burrito in Coventry. If you're looking for something a little nicer, check out the Cheesecake Factory in Legacy Village; they'll give you a great dinner (and dessert) for a moderate price, and their huge menu offers something for everyone.

When your brain is sore from a stressful week of classes, it can be very relaxing to spend the evening curled up with a blanket and a good movie. My friends and I get together at least twice a week in the common room to check the next item off our list of favorite films. Most recently, we've seen American Gangster, Zoolander, Remember the Titans, and the Bourne trilogy. We've also managed to get hooked on a week's worth of TV shows: House (Mondays at 8 p.m.), Scrubs (Tuesdays at 9 p.m.), The Office (Thursdays at 9 p.m.), and Numbers (Fridays at 10 p.m.). But as much as we enjoy chilling together in the dorm, sometimes it's better to get out, and we've found plenty of entertainment right here on campus. I highly recommend IMPROVment, which offers hilarious, engaging, and entirely spontaneous comedy free of charge every Saturday night at 9 p.m. The Film Society shows a variety of popular movies every weekend for only $3. If their films don't interest you, check out the local theater: Regal in Severance Hall is only a 15 minute drive down Mayfield Road, and gives a $1.50 discount for students.
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