While I have definitely talked about aerial dance before on this blog, I have not mentioned the other activity that has defined my university experience very much. I started learning how to skate during my second semester of freshman year, and have skated at least twice a week every semester thereafter. When I started skating, I couldn't skate backwards to save my life. Now I am able to land single rotation jumps, I can spin (sometimes), and my "party trick" is doing an extension whilst traveling backwards.
University is probably one of the best times to start a new activity. Loads of people are trying new things, so it's not embarrassing to be a beginner. At Boston University, ice skating is offered as a physical education class (but also open to the public). Another good reason to start a new activity is upon moving to a new city. Most hobbies are also good ways to meet new people and explore the local community. I'm looking forward to doing aerial and hopefully skating wherever I end up moving to after I'm done with university. Actually, there are lots of great ice rinks in Geneva as well... so I'm definitely bringing my skates to Switzerland when I go back next semester.