College is an adventurous and exciting period in a young adult's life. Not only is he learning to be self-sufficient, he's also growing into adulthood. While your college student's main focus should be his education, he needs to find a school/life balance that will help prepare him for life after college and make him a well-rounded person. If he finds that he's bored with simply studying and going to class, suggest some creative and productive things he can do to alleviate his boredom.
Instead of wasting hours on end watching TV or playing mind-numbing video games, consider giving back to your local community. You can always find an organization in need of some kind of help. Not only is volunteering good for your conscience and your community, it is also good for your résumé. Employers look highly upon college students who have donated some of their busy collegiate lives to helping others. If you love animals, volunteer a few hours a week at a local shelter. If you're interested in elementary education, visit your local Boys or Girls Club and become a mentor to a child, or contact a local public school to see if you could help with an after-school program. Call a local homeless shelter, soup kitchen or YMCA/YWCA and ask how you can make a worthwhile contribution.
Join a Group
The camaraderie among people who share a common interest will more than alleviate boredom; it can create substantial, lifelong friendships. If salsa dancing is your passion, take classes at a local studio. Love sports? Join a team. If chess is your game, join a chess club. Audition for a theater group if you long for the stage. There's often much to do in a college town, so take advantage of it while you have time to spare.
Find a Hobby
We sometimes lose interest in the hobbies we pursued as children, or we think we don't have the time to continue to participate in them. If you always loved to bake with your mom or grandmother, take a gourmet cooking or baking class. If you love to write and always kept a diary, set a goal for yourself to write every day or to brainstorm story ideas. Think outside the box if you can't think of any hobbies that interest you. Try something new, like skiing, golf or yoga. If you hate it, nothing is holding you to it. Move on and try something else.
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