5 Things to Do on a Rainy Day at Rutgers

So today (February 11) is the second day in a row that it’s been raining here, and I’ve been pretty much stuck in my dorm to avoid getting soaked. I’m sure I’m not the only one, and I’m also sure that this won’t be the last time this happens while I’m here. So, here are some ways to fight off the rainy day gloom until the sun returns : )

1. Get some work done

I know, the last thing you want to do on a rainy day is do homework, but I promise, it’ll help you feel more productive while you’re stuck inside. You’re not going to feel motivated to do anything at first (trust me, I didn’t feel motivated to do work today either), but once you get a little bit done, you’ll get into the right mindset to get even more done. Soon enough, everything will be finished and you’ll feel accomplished. I know I will once I’ve finished everything that I have to get done. Whether you get a little done or a lot done, you should feel proud of yourself for getting something done. Every little bit counts.

2. Watch a movie with friends

If you have friends that live in a nearby dorm or don’t mind going out in the nasty weather, invite them over to watch a movie with you!! I always love watching movies with my friends on the weekends, even when it’s not raining. There are plenty of good cheesy movies on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime to check out, or if none of those appeal to you, you can rent movies on iTunes and Amazon for a few dollars. I recommend Legally Blonde, Pitch Perfect, and 10 Things I Hate About You. Unfortunately, none of those are on any streaming services, but they’re good nonetheless. Or, if you want to brave the rain, go see a movie at the Rutgers Cinema!!

3. Read a book

Read a book for fun?? I know, crazy right? Wait, what am I saying? I’m a huge book nerd. Anyway, even if you don’t read much, a rainy day is a great time to pick up a book. Put your phone down and try something new. Check out a book from one of Rutgers’s many libraries, download an ebook, or find an audiobook, and settle in for a great story. It’s hard to choose just a few to suggest for a rainy day, but I recommend Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love by Sarvenaz Tash, and Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. All three of these books are easy and fun reads, and they’re basically guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Trust me, I know from experience.

4. Catch up on your favorite TV show, or start watching a new one

If you really just feel like lying in your bed and staring at your laptop screen all day, take the time to watch some more of your favorite TV show. Or, if you just finished one and you’re looking for a new show to watch, a rainy day is a perfect time to start one!! I’m watching New Girl on Netflix right now, and it’s pretty good. I also recommend The Good Place (Season 2 just finished airing on NBC and Season 1 is on Netflix), Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Season 5 will return on Fox soon, all episodes are on Hulu), and Parks and Recreation (all episodes are on Netflix, most episodes are also on Hulu). They’re my three favorite TV shows of all time, and they will definitely brighten up your day.

5. Take a nap

If none of those other suggestions interest you and you’re just exhausted, take a nap. Sometimes the best thing to do on a gloomy day like today is to rest and catch up on the sleep you definitely have not been getting during the week. Don’t sleep for too long, though, or else you won’t be able to sleep at night. Set an alarm, rest for a little while, and then try one of the other options above or anything else you’d like to do today : )

I hope you all are able to stay dry today, and that you’re having a lovely, relaxing Sunday!!