Holy Programming Board, Batman!
Students at Case have a tendency to complain about how little there is to do here. It's generally good-natured, and usually of the teasing variety, but sometimes people genuinely start to believe it, and that's where I start to remind people of my CWRU mantra: it's all about what you're looking for. Me? I manage to find something entertaining to do (for free) at least once a week, and all because I read a few emails instead of clicking "delete" automatically like I used to. And it's pretty much because of two magical little words: Thwing. Tuesday.
As a freshman, I rarely spent any time in Thwing. My classes were usually within reasonable distance from my dorm, and if I had free time between classes, I was more likely than not going to go back to my room and do work while the dorm was empty, or grab a quick lunch in Leutner. Neither of those things were bad ideas, in fact I kind of miss the availability of "free" food that comes with being on a university meal plan. But I was missing out on some of the coolest free stuff available to Case students.
This semester, I have two huge two hour breaks in the middle of my Tuesdays and Thursdays. Since my top-of-the-hill dorm is so far away from every classroom ever, I got lazy and decided to hang out in Thwing between classes and get some work done. That plan was good in theory, but then I discovered that a whole group of my friends also hang out in Thwing. Now I get pretty much nothing done, but I do have a whole lot of fun with them.
Perhaps the even bigger surprise find, though, was a whole mess of free food, swag, and events put together by University Program Board, fondly known as Thwing Tuesdays. I somehow totally missed the memo last year and never knew such a wonderful thing existed. Now I'm here every week, snagging everything from a free Easy Bake Oven (I am so excited about this. Baked goods with a light bulb!) to delicious free Qdoba, to free spin art...you're probably noticing a trend here, and that's the word "free"! Free is possibly the best thing ever for a college student, and there's something for everyone every week? Why didn't I pay attention to these emails sooner?!
Lesson learned? Read the UPB emails! They put together a whole lot of other cool programs besides Thwing Tuesday, from concerts like this winter's concert with Big Boi, to ski trips to Holiday Valley, to other trips here in our own back yard. And remember, if you ever think that there's "nothing to do" here at Case -- there are more events than you ever imagined. It's all about paying attention.