New year, new hobbies to explore

Photos courtesy of Sara Davidson

By Sara Davidson 01/25/22 11:57 PM

As we wrap up the first month of 2022, it’s never too late to take up new hobbies and learn new habits to set you up for success for the rest of the year (and maybe longer). With everything from small habits to fun new hobbies, here are a few things to try that embody the motto “new year, new you.”

1. Create a vision board

Although this first board may seem stereotypical, a vision board can be a fun and creative way to start figuring out what else you might want to do for the year. It can feature anything from travel locations to academic or physical goals or currencies to remember. Create boards online using platforms like Canva, Pinterest, and Piktochart, or create physical boards with a bulletin board and old magazines (maybe even old Thresher articles).

2. Sewing

This hobby teaches a variety of techniques, and regardless of the original goal, each project can yield fun crafts and tangible products. Embroidery, for example, uses fun colors to spice up clothing and tote bags, or simply to create cute designs as decoration. Everything is possible, from simple flowers to cute monograms and phrases. This hobby produces fun results ranging from extra decoration to new clothes, and even has plenty of beginner-friendly tutorials on YouTube.

3. Painting

Painting doesn’t have to be intimidating or reserved for those naturally adept with a brush – it can also be a fun way to let off steam and get creative. Many canvases and paints are inexpensive, and there are plenty of video tutorials online to follow. It’s also a great hobby to take up with friends, perhaps painting the beauty around Rice if time permits. As a social event or a moment of private reflection, painting can help you tap into your artistic potential.

4. Logging

As the semester passes, writing down fond memories or even daily events can help us remember goals achieved, new things tried, or fun nights out with friends. Type journal entries online or use a simple notebook and pen. There are even websites with journaling prompts if writing down what comes to mind seems boring or difficult. Starting or ending the day with reflection can be a great way to stay positive and keep memories intact, and it’s fun to come back to later.

5. Learn a new language

Rice not only has an amazing foreign language program, but also some great study abroad programs, so why not take advantage of all that’s on offer? With beginner courses offered in everything from Spanish to German to Arabic, traveling the world can be as easy as mastering those grammatical conjugations. The study abroad office is great for finding programs for any major, schedule, and budget. Plus, platforms like Duolingo are free and can help brush up on the everyday language needed to navigate foreign places. So whether it is to study abroad or to learn, be ready in the necessary language.

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