By Zachary Ho, SEAS ‘17Many of us are either in the midst of midterms or finishing them up. Either way, when midterms are over, you are going to need to take a break and relax. All that studying and those sleepless nights can leave a person tightly wound. Here are some fun (and free) things to do when you are trying to decompress post midterms:
- Hang out at a museum! Your Columbia ID can get you into these museums for free: http://artsinitiative.columbia.edu/city/museums/mapMuseums are great places to go to unwind because you can walk around at your own pace and enjoy some of the greatest collections of art and artifacts around the world. I recommend the MoMA PS1 if you haven’t been able to make it out there yet. PS1 is right next to the Court Sq. 7 train stop. You can get there easily in less than an hour. PS1 is a converted school turned modern art museum that is unlike anything in Manhattan. They always have great exhibits that are beautifully provoking. On top of that, PS1 has a great museum café with delicious food and a beautiful atmosphere.
- Take a walk on the Highline. The Highline is a gorgeous park that used to be an above ground railway. It stretches through Chelsea with amazing views of the Hudson and the neighborhood. It’s just a short walk from the 23rd street 1 train stop. I highly recommend going out and getting some nice pictures before it gets too cold outside!
- Relax your body and your mind at free yoga! Yoga To the People is a great place to go for yoga enthusiasts of all levels. There is a location on 103rd and Broadway so it is very close to campus and easy to get to. There classes are a suggested donation of $10 and you can rent mats for only $2. Find more information here: http://yogatothepeople.com/new-york/upper-west-side/