6 Indoor Activities to do during the Snow Season

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by Ruta Mangle, Telecommunications Engineering MS 

The winters in Upstate New York can go from being pretty decent to being a total disaster. As much as we all love snuggling in our blankets with a cup of hot chocolate, after a point even that gets boring. On a random casual evening or a weekend when you feel like hanging out with your friends, but you don’t know where to go or what to do..try one of these indoor activities with your friends and I bet you would have a lot of fun! The indoor activities mentioned below are all in Rochester, just a few miles away from campus.

1.  Bowling – Bowl-a-Roll

The good old bowling idea will never go wrong, competing with your friends on a bowling lane is nothing but exciting. At Bowl-a-Roll they offer good finger food, beer and great deals. Their weekend deal is as low as $1/lane post 9pm.

Address: 1560 Jefferson Road, Rochester, NY 14623

Visit https://www.bowl-a-roll.com/ for open hours.

2.  Laser Tag – Lasertron

Lasertron features a giant 9200 square foot laser tag arena. The arena is divided into two teams and the arena features four large ramp structures to get to the second level, a massive upstairs level, and eight bases.

Address: 1175 Marketplace Dr, Rochester, NY 14623

Visit https://rochester.lasertron.us/ for open hours.

3.  Bungee Jumping – Altitude Trampoline Park

With over 30,000 square feet of total space, Altitude Trampoline Park is a fresh, new entertainment option for friends, groups, and individuals to have active fun. Altitude Trampoline Park Rochester is an exciting addition to the area entertainment mix and is open all year, rain or shine. This park features high energy equipment such as a rock climbing wall, extreme dodge ball, foam pit, and much more entertainment.

Address: 3333 W Henrietta Rd, Rochester, NY 14623

Visit https://altituderochester.com/ for open hours.

4.  Mystery Room – Great Escape Room

An escape room is a game in which a team of players cooperatively discover clues, solve puzzles, and accomplish tasks in one or more rooms in order to progress and accomplish a specific goal in a limited amount of time. The goal is often to escape from the site of the game. The Great Escape Room has a variety of rooms and themes where and you can pick whichever you want based on the availability and your interest. Some examples of their interesting escape rooms are Professor Moriarty’s Gameroom, The President’s Bunker, Dr. Watson’s Infirmary, Sherlock Holmes’ Library and On The Run.

Address: 1150 University Ave Bldg 5, Suite 12A, Rochester, NY 14607

Visit https://thegreatescaperoom.com/rochester/ for open hours.

5.  Indoor Rock climbing – Rock Ventures

Indoor rock climbing is considered one of the most challenging and adrenaline-pumping sports, so if you want to get a workout in with your friends – just go for it. You have to plan and plot how you are going to climb the wall, where you are going to put your hands and feet and then compete with your friends to see who reaches on top first (without falling). This one is definitely my favorite and I am looking forward to doing it this winter.

Address: 1044 University Ave, Rochester, NY 14607

https://www.rocventuresclimbing.com/

6.  Go Karting Track – Pole Position Raceway

Experience real head-to-head go kart racing at Pole Position Raceway. They have high performance European indoor go karts which are capable of speeds approaching 45 mph, and that seems extremely fast when you are sitting just inches off of the ground trying to navigate a road course up to 1/4-mile in length! From a competition standpoint, their electric go karts are world class. Best of all, the action takes place inside their comfortable state-of-the-art climate-controlled facilities, and there are no smelly fumes!

Address: 17 Miracle Mile Dr, Rochester, NY 14623

Visit https://www.polepositionraceway.com/  for open hours.

Places to Go, People to See

by Josiah Bonifas, MBA student

One of the most common concerns expressed by students, outside of school work, is the struggle to meet new people and make new friends. There are about 18,000 students at RIT, and if you take a look around, quite a few faculty and staff, yet it can still feel difficult at times to break outside of your comfort zone and meet new people. Why is this? Well for starters, it can be uncomfortable. To be quite honest, you aren’t going to like everybody you meet, and not everybody is going to like you. But the more people you meet, the better chance you have of meeting someone that you might realize you really get along with.

When I was a freshman in college, I sat at a random table with a bunch of people I had never met. I was always fairly outgoing and enjoyed meeting new people. After about four jokes that went over everybody’s head, I realized, okay these probably aren’t going to be my greatest college friends. But, I still stuck around and made a lot of acquaintances. For the rest of the four years, we always said hello to each other. And if I was ever eating alone, I knew that I could always go sit at their table. It made me feel more comfortable knowing that I knew people. The next day I sat with a new table of people, and one of those guys went on to be one of my closest friends in undergrad. The Lunch room is just one simple way to interact with others. RIT is such a diverse school with countless activities and opportunities to socialize. There are approximately 300 clubs covering almost every activity you can think of. And if there isn’t one that really clicks with you, you can go out and make one! Go to the different events offered on campus, or pick up a new hobby that you’ve always wanted to learn. It’s all about making the first move. If you always wait for things or people to come to you, you face the risk of missing out on countless opportunities. If meeting new people if something you’ve always wanted to do, research some of the clubs or activities we offer on campus. Trust me, it is more than likely that there are people out there with some of the same interest. I had a coach that always repeated the quote to me, “you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”. A week later he was yelling “that’s enough shots”, but the idea still remains the same. Whether it’s with basketball, leaving an answer blank on a test, or meeting someone new — sometimes life’s about taking chances, and being a little uncomfortable.