Having now spent nearly two years at Colby, I can say that I actually don’t mind reading period. I may even slightly like it. To me, there’s something nice about knowing that I don’t actually have to be anywhere for most of the day; I merely have the entire two-day reading period (plus the time before my first scheduled final, which is usually a couple of days after the end of reading period) to work on assignments. Not having any scheduled commitments generally makes me quite productive, which means that, during reading period, I have time to both do my work and have a little bit of fun, too.
As of late, I’ve tried to spend my free nights or part of the day on a weekend exploring and appreciating the Maine area. Last week, I went to Camden with a friend. Even though it was raining, we still had a blast. The scenery was amazing, and we were able to eat dinner at a waterfront restaurant. Similarly, over the weekend, we went to Portland. However, instead of spending the entire time touring the city, we decided to take the ferry to one of the nearby islands. We went to Peaks Island. There were not many activities, per se, at Peaks Island, but we still had a blast. It’s a great area just to take a long, multiple hour walk—that is exactly what we did, actually. There are tons of pretty houses to look at, and docks to explore. When walking through Peaks Island, it almost feels like you’re being taken back a couple of decades in history; and yet there’s something wonderfully relaxing about this feeling.
I find that these kinds of mini adventures are the perfect way to unwind during what is a very hectic, stressful, and chaotic time. Because students have virtually all day to do work, most can afford to spend an evening relaxing for a bit, and what better way to do that than explore Maine? I, for one, certainly plan on continuing with these adventures, especially since I’ve completed most of my work by this point of finals week. Sometime soon, I think I will explore Bangor. Or maybe Bar Harbor. Then again, there are four more islands near Portland that I have yet to explore. Oh, the options!