Campus Scavenger Hunt
Here are the rules: gather up a group of friends and bring a piece of paper for keeping score. The losers have to buy the winner a slice of Koronet’s or a Joe latte. (If you don’t have any friends, just buy yourself something for getting a lot of points. Or spend time finding friends instead of going on a scavenger hunt.)
Things to find:
You could do this on campus or in New York, and there are a couple of ways to play. The first way is to pick a theme (by picking a random adjective out of a book, for example—could be a good way to re-use those Lit Hum and CC books!) and try to take 10 to 25 decent pictures of that theme. For example, if the theme is “orange,” you could head to the Diana at Barnard, or find the Korilla truck. Another way is to walk around campus and take pictures of the various people you see, such as Artsy NYU-looking Student, or Boy Who Thinks He’s Don Draper, or Obviously Frazzled Professor With Beard.
Actually Get Off Campus
Sometimes it’s easy to forget that we actually live in New York (unless you’re in the class of 2016 or have recently lost your ID, because Columbia needed to clarify its location), which is full of expensive cool things to do but also full of free cool things to do. Always wanted to walk from campus to Battery Park? Find a friend and do it. It’s about 8 miles, full of entertaining sights depending on when you decide to go (this writer went between the hours of midnight and 8 a.m., wearing TOMS, which is decidedly not a good idea), and a good way to slim down before those CrackDel sandwiches catch up with you. Like art? Your ID gets you in to 34 museums for free, including MoMA and the Met.