Hobbies: why but also why not?

Molly McCarthy Griffiths

How are you supposed to enjoy this AND do all of your uni work?

As a university student, it can be hard to find time for yourself, let alone find time to pursue a hobby or activity, of any kind. Whether athletic or artistic, you’ll actually find that having a hobby, and doing something you love for a few hours, after a particularly long lecture or gruelling seminar, is a relief. The trick is to keep at it, which I know seems like a daunting prospect. Hobbies, for students like you and me, are a great thing to have because they offer us a chance to distance ourselves from the stress and frustration-inducing university and academic world.

Practising a hobby also doesn’t have to be limited to a certain space or location. Venturing outside your traditional or domestic space to pursue an activity you like can also enable you to meet people who enjoy the same things you do (as corny as that sounds). However, if you feel better keeping your hobby to yourself, as I sometimes do, don’t push yourself out of your comfort zone. Having a certain hobby, like dancing or playing an instrument, can always be done in the secure environment of your own room.

Being at a campus by the sea allows for certain hobbies and pursuits that were previously unknown or even strange to some students, like sailing and kayaking. Enjoying these kind of outdoorsy hobbies can always result in new discoveries, about yourself and about Cornwall. If you don’t feel like stepping out on your own to explore a new hobby, join one of the campus societies, of which there are many. Of course, this new pursuit doesn’t have to be athletic in nature.

If you’re in university, and attempting to pursue a hobby that you know well, don’t let yourself get sucked into the too-much-work void. If you’re good at it, if you’ve been doing that hobby for a while, don’t let it disappear into the background of student life, and it could even add to it.

Hobbies, and activities, of any kind, while studying at university can be very hard to pursue, and it’s not something that is for everyone. But, if you really enjoy, or like the idea, of something, go for it, it’ll be truly helpful and rewarding for you.