By Katrina Uy, Staff Writer
Winter is here! Even though classes are about to end and we’re about to venture into that dark abyss called study period and finals week, there’s still time for one last hurrah of the semester. Take a study break and go ice skating instead!
Here are some places to go ice skating this winter:
1. Walter Brown Arena at FitRec - As BU students, we have this arena right at our fingertips all year long! All you need to do is head up Commonwealth Avenue. Admission and skate rentals are free to BU students.
Pros: Everything is free to BU students! Who doesn’t love free things?
Cons: Hours vary and are limited, and recreational skating hours end on the last day of classes. If you rent skates, you are also not guaranteed to find a pair in your size, depending on how busy the arena is when you go.
Pro Tip: Even if you don’t get a chance to go here this semester, this location is definitely one to keep in mind for those first few months of spring semester.
2. Boston Common Frog Pond - The Frog Pond is Boston’s most popular place to ice skate. While you’re in the area, you can go shopping with friends or grab a bite to eat before heading over to the rink! To get here, take the MBTA Green Line to Park Street and walk to the Boston Common. Admission is $5, and skate rentals are $9.
Pros: Its location! The Frog Pond is set right in the middle of Boston’s oldest and beautiful park and while you’re skating you have a great view of the State House and Beacon Hill. The Frog Pond is an all-around fantastic place to have a skate date with friends or your significant other.
Cons: The price. If you don’t have your own skates, $9 is a bit of a hefty price, especially if you do explore the surrounding area and spend money elsewhere on your trip to the Common.
Pro Tip: College Nights are on Tuesdays from 6 to 9 p.m., where college students can get $2 admission by showing a college ID.
3. Kendall Square Community Rink - This is located in Harvard Square in Cambridge. To get here, take the MBTA Green Line to Park Street, then switch to the Red Line and take it to the Kendall/MIT Station. Admission is $3 for students, and rentals are $8.
Pros: Great music, friendly staff and rental skates that are in good condition and fit like a glove all make this location one of the best to go to in Boston. It also tends to be less crowded than the Frog Pond.
By Lauren Dezenski, Staff Writer
Is it possible to get whiplash from things in your life changing so quickly? As of last week, I finally felt like I had settled into a normal-ish routine of classwork, socializing and sight-seeing. Now, all that is changing once again as Monday marks the start of finals (already?) and fall break begins after finals wrap up on Tuesday.
I suppose the class trip to Brussels at the beginning of the week didn’t help my sense of adjustment—three days in the capital of Europe (I learned that there) were followed by the last two class days of the first half of the semester. Boston University splits up the abroad semester a bit strangely—the first five weeks of the semester are devoted to two classes, followed by a five-day break and eight weeks spent interning and taking one class. Then you spend a week and a half traveling and studying for your last finals and then it’s back to the U.S. with you.
The class trip to Brussels was an interesting experience in that I rarely had any idea where I was. Everything in the city is in two languages—Flemish and French, so looking at a map was extra complicated. Plus, I have absolutely no knowledge of the Flemish language and the only things I know how to say in French are “hello,” “goodbye,” and “my little hat.” That last one is guaranteed to make people laugh, but definitely will not help you when you’re trying to figure out how to get to Delirium Café. Don’t worry, I found it anyway.
Though my complications with the language barriers in Brussels will only get more hilarious—I say hilarious because I laugh when I’m uncomfortable—during fall break as my friend Tyler and I travel to Budapest and Stockholm. I doubt I could identify the Hungarian language if a Hungarian person was shouting in my face, but I think I’ll be okay in Stockholm because I’ve been to Ikea so many times.
Nevertheless, this constant adjustment and readjustment to my changing surroundings is good. What good is your comfort zone if you don’t know its limits? And who knows, maybe I’ll pick up Hungarian in a snap and actually have a sense of direction in one of these foreign cities. But in the meantime, I’m just glad my phone has an international data plan. Thank God for Google Maps.
By Jasmine Ferrell, Staff Writer
The inevitable “Dawn of Finals” is approaching, and with it comes the accompanying stress. Happiness during these hard times seems like an intangible dream, but fear not, I bring you a solution! I bring you the glory of microwave comfort food. We can’t all have the option of making a cake in a fancy thing called in oven, so I’ve provided some options for even those suffering in the dorms. Feel free to take a break for a couple minutes to enjoy some tasty treats with absolutely no health benefits. Actually, force yourself to take a break. It’ll do you good.
Microwave s’more: Unfortunately, we can’t all have jolly campfires in the hallways, but that doesn’t mean we can’t all enjoy some melted heaven. I caution first-timers to keep a close eye on them as they cook because these things take merely seconds to turn into the size of the Stay Puft marshmallow man. Recipe: … shouldn’t be necessary. Optional add-ins: peanut butter, white chocolate
Puppy chow: Possibly one of the best inventions of all time and another extremely easy recipe that can be shared with multiple people. The only hard part is getting it all to mix just right, but hey the chunks are the best part. Recipe: click here! Optional add-ins: any chocolate candy that can melt
Nachos: In case you need something salty instead of sweet, this is a completely customizable option that takes mere minutes to make. And for added atmosphere, why not play some classic Mexican music while you put it together. That will spice up your life. Recipe: If you really need help, here. Optional add-ins: barbeque sauce
These are just some ideas to get you started, but keep in mind some of the best comfort food is the stuff you come up with on your own. What could be more perfect than throwing some of your favorite things together in one melted mess? All in all, good luck defeating finals and happy eating.