3 of the Most Unique Hobbies to Take up in College

3 of the Most Unique Hobbies to Take up in College
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    It's important to prioritize studies so that you can be well-prepared for the professional world while you're in college.

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But it’s also necessary to pick up one or more activities to keep you well-rounded and allow you to enjoy breaks in between your classes and homework. You probably already know about sports, gaming, and the idea of joining clubs, but why not also consider some pursuits off the beaten path?

Here are some unique hobbies to take up in college that you might not have thought of.

Stand-Up Comedy

A lot of us enjoy watching or listening to stand-up routines from our favorite comedians. However, few get up on stage themselves. If you’re known as the funny one among your friends and you like to perform in front of others, however, stand-up comedy might be the hobby for you. 

You can practice with smaller, more familiar groups first and develop a stage presence with comedy books and videos. Then, you can test your nerve against audiences you don’t know through open mic events at local venues.

Come up with material that is unique to you and stay on the lookout for inspiration in your everyday life. The process might be challenging, but it’s worth it when you manage to make people laugh and even allow them to see things from a new perspective.

Playing Bass Guitar

When it comes to instruments, most go for the guitar or the piano or maybe the drums. They often fail to see that they’re missing an important piece of the band—the bass guitar. Its power to form a song’s spine can be seen across time and genre.

From Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell’s “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” to Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” to Led Zeppelin’s “Ramble On,” the bass serves to simultaneously define songs and support other instruments. Moreover, many bands need a bass player because of their relative rarity when compared to other instruments. Getting involved in playing with others will really allow the instrument to shine as it meshes with the other sounds.

Painting

Outside of dedicated art majors, you probably won’t find many people who do physical painting in college. However, there’s a lot of growth and introspection to be found for those who want to get into it.

Through painting, you’re able to bring the canvas to life with watercolor or acrylic paints, and you have absolute freedom over subject matter and style. Go dark or bright, abstract or realistic, harsh or soft—whatever you want.

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Painting can be a healthy venture to alleviate stress and express yourself apart from talking. You can get lost in the act and find a nice breather from your pressures and obligations so that you can come back to them with a renewed mind.

In addition, you can find satisfaction in making your own paints to use so you can get the hues just right for your next piece. Learn about pigments, solvents, and binders and you’ll take your painting to the next level as you mix them together in various combinations.

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