Having fun on the weekend is important, even on rainy days, but how can you when it's so gloomy, the traffic is horrible and and all you really want to do is sleep? Well, while we may not be able to go sun tanning or hit the basketball court for a pickup game this weekend, there are still plenty of fun and semi-productive things we can do to keep ourselves busy — because while it’s fun to stay in bed, you can’t stay asleep forever:

5. Read

By the time you get to college, almost everyone finds it difficult to find time to actually read anymore. Read, like, for fun. When’s the last time you picked up a book that wasn’t a textbook? Or went to the library to casually peruse the stacks? The likelihood is that you may not even remember because it was so long ago. The truth is, reading is incredibly good for your mind, and on days like this there’s just no excuse not to sit down with that book you’ve been meaning to read, or take a friend up on their novel suggestions. If you have no idea where to start, have no fear- check out this list for a bit of something for everyone.

4. Puzzle/Games

Don’t underestimate the thrill of a good puzzle or board game. Did you know that you can check those out from the front desks in the dorms? All you need is a OneCard, and a variety of games are at your fingertips. Maybe you are still scarred by the tedium of playing Scrabble with your relatives growing up, but trust me, get a group of rowdy college students in a room to play and it’s a whole new game. Beyond the classic board games there are also video games, which although I’m no expert can be a blessing on a day confined to the indoors. I've heard people are really excited about "Resident Evil 7: Biohazard" which just came out, and these rainy days are a perfect time to test it out and see if it lives up to the hype.

3. Movies

Whether you’re a film buff or an average joe, movies are always a solid choice to cure rainy day blues. It’s incredibly easy to just Netflix the days away, but for a different experience you might want to check out our free on-campus movie theater, Deja View, for screenings of all the best movies you may have missed at the box-office or switch things up by actually venturing off the bluff to the Promenade at the Howard Hughes Center to the Cinemark 18 & XD. They happen to have savage deals (I’m talking like five dollars with student ID here, people) for big, new Hollywood films. Right now, there’s a few popular movies out, including Golden Globe and Academy Award nominated "Hidden Figures," which only has a few more days left in theaters; so go watch it while you can. Side note: if you really do just want to stay in bed and stream from home, we all do have free HBO GO subscriptions with our LionMail accounts, and there’s a decent amount of titles on there that are all free to watch online.

2. Amazon

Shopping online can be considered constructive right? Maybe that's true if you’re buying a new planner for school or sweater for the cold days ahead, but the internet can easily have its way with you, and all of a sudden you’ve got a pack of 180 ping pong balls, a unicorn pool floaty and a bag full of Lucky Charms marshmallows in your shopping cart, and you wonder how this all happened. But have no fear, with LMU’s student rate you all probably have Amazon Prime, and at least your pool floaty will likely come with free two-day shipping. But all jokes aside, the weather is about to change, and if it takes shopping for bathing suits online for you to hold out hope on the upcoming warm weather, then so be it.

1. Get organized/get creative

While this may not seem like the most “fun” thing on this list, it can be very therapeutic and surprisingly satisfying. Getting organized isn’t just limited to cleaning your room; although I highly suggest that you start there. It can also be starting a journal, making a LinkedIn or updating your calendar to include all your friend’s birthdays. One of my more constructive habits is obsessively checking LinkedIn for new job postings, and I can’t stress enough how exciting it is to have a solid journal going or a sharp calendar to keep you on top of things. A trend as of late has been “bullet journaling,” which is essentially an intersection between a to-do list and a diary. While I can say that I’ve tried and failed to start one, it works for many people and can be really fun to make. For you more creative souls out there, these rainy days aren’t just great for journaling, but maybe you can start work on a new chapter of that novel, composition or painting you previously started.

Happy Sunday and get the most out of the rain while it lasts; there's sun just right around the corner!

This is the opinion of Taylor Gage, a sophomore studio arts major from Napa Valley, California. Tweet comments to @LALoyolan or email comments to tmarom@theloyolan.com.

Taylor Gage is a junior studio arts major from Napa Valley, California.

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