There's really no getting around it - RIT students are some of the busiest students anywhere. Instead of operating on semesters as most universities do, RIT operates on quarters (10 weeks of class versus 15 weeks). Since the same amount of material is covered in a quarter as in a semester, this means that free time gets a little crunched. That's not to say there isn't any time for leisure - I somehow jam in running the Outing Club, maintaining a reasonably active social life, and manage A's and B's in class - it just becomes difficult to find a moment to clear your mind.
However, I had that time yesterday.
There aren't words to express how happy I was freshman year when I discovered that the school opens up the Ritter Ice Arena from 12-2 p.m. on weekdays to any student that wants to skate - for FREE. I immediately begged a friend to take me shopping and I splurged my entire Gracie's pay check on a pair of "cheap" skates. From that day on, I've tried to escape to the rink whenever my schedule permitted me.
When I was a kid, I played ice hockey for a little and occassionally went skating with friends. At that point, skating was a nice way to hang out and in the case of hockey, get some releasesome aggresion. However, in my post high school career, skating has become a wonderful way to take a breather from the world. The mix of cool air in your lungs, good tunes on the speakers, and the click of your skates is utopious.
Yesterday, I hit the jackpot - I got out of my News Editing class an hour early. Instead of doing something practical, like, say, doing my homework for the next day, I popped out my skates from my locker and hit the rink. Much to my surprise, there was only one soul on the ice. And after 10 minutes, that soul left leaving only me to a clear and empty rink. My dreams of skating all over the place finally came true and I could practice moves that normally would kill my fellow, nearby skaters. It was bliss.
For more information on the Ritter Ice Arena, check out this page.