An activity that has helped me immensely during my spare time at CSC and one that I would recommend for you is stargazing.
Aside from the brief hike up C Hill (or anywhere away from the city lights) this activity is simple. Just look up at the stars. Space is a magnificent sight that we take for granted or don’t even allow ourselves the time to check out.
Instead, we spend most of our nights stressing out in front of a computer over procrastinated assignments, leaving us mentally fatigued. College is a busy time and it has become imperative that students consume so much information in our daily lives, but what about finding mental clarity for ourselves?
I make a bi-weekly trip to C Hill to ponder at the sight of the stars. This routine has been revolutionary for my mindset and has helped me figure out who I am and what I want to do. I have only ever felt influenced to be someone else when consuming from an artificially lit screen. Being with just yourself and the stars, you are allowing yourself to open up your mind since you actually get to listen to yourself. Stargazing has provided me with the opportunity to get lost, but ultimately to end up finding myself (as cliché as that sounds).
It is better to get lost in creative thoughts that are your own, instead of the consumption of mundane thoughts from everybody else. This activity also creates a certain curiosity within us simply because the entire universe is beyond our eyes, leaving us with many thought provoking questions about our own lives and purpose.
I feel the most in touch with myself and who I would like to become during the times I am on my own with the stars. I feel that getting in touch with who we are without the influence of so many different people is especially difficult while living on a campus.
The campus life has always been compared to living in a fishbowl, and the digital age we live in makes this case even more true. However, escaping from the noise and just listening to yourself while staring into something larger than life is a marvelous vacation for your mind.
You are the most important person in your life, so you should definitely get to know yourself. Let the universe get to know you, too.
At the end of the day, I can’t tell you what to do, but I can give a suggestion, and that is to spend just thirty minutes by yourself or with a friend and enjoy the stars. You will find some really interesting constellations and hopefully a peace of mind.
Life is stressful and busy, but gazing at the infinite amount of space can bring a calming perspective to your life, letting you know that everything is part of the process of life. Connect with nature and get lost in the stars to find yourself.