This article originally appeared in the Ball State Daily News
Waiting in the Student Health Center can create mass cases of boredom. Next time a visit is inevitable, try these activities that don't involve wasting time on Twitter or Instagram to pass the time in the waiting room.
Some college students justify their lack of reading with the excuse of not having free time. In the health center waiting room, patrons have nothing but free time. Crack open a good book and let the characters take over. The wait will be over soon.
2 Do homework
With Wi-Fi throughout the whole campus, logging onto Blackboard should not be a problem. Catch up on homework assignments that may have been missed due to a sickness.
3 Invest in a puzzle book
Before the Internet and iPhone apps, people played games in books. Purchase a crossword, word search or Sudoku book and create a challenge by seeing how many puzzles can be completed before being called back for an appointment.
4 Play a game
Propose a game to play with other students waiting to be examined. A great game to involve others is Ellen DeGeneres’s Heads Up! cellphone app. Like Headbanz, Heads Up! involves holding up cards, or in this case a cellphone, to the head and having to guess what the word is while other players give out clues. This game can end in laughter, which leads to bonding with fellow waiters.
5 Plan ahead
Rather than sitting mindlessly, create a to-do list for the rest of the day. Making a list will increase productivity, if escaping from the health center ever happens.
6 Bring a sketchbook
Make a drawing game. Try to draw portraits of other people in the waiting room without them knowing. If other people are up for it, maybe start a game of Pictionary.
7 Check out what’s happening on campus
Read about what is going on around the Muncie and Ball State communities by checking local news websites.