Let’s role-play a bit: It’s the first week of school at UCF and you’re a brand-new student. You’re excited, you’ve got your housing needs taken care of, you’ve attended orientation and you’re settling into your class routine.
Since you have some free time and want to get the most out of your time at UCF, you want to have some fun and stay active outside of class hours. However, you don’t have a lot of cash or want to save up and you’re unfamiliar with the campus and the surrounding area.
What can you do to have fun that’s free around UCF during the first week of school?
Here are a few suggestions to help you out:
1) Attend Pegasus Palooza!
Pegasus Palooza is a special yearly event for UCF students that takes place in the first week of the fall semester. For 2017, Pegasus Palooza runs from August 18-26, covering a variety of academic, social and service-related activities. These activities can help new students have fun, meet new people and get familiar with the UCF campus and facilities.
The actual content of Pegasus Palooza varies from year to year, but some popular events include “Knight Rave” DJ parties, foam stick fights, inflatable playgrounds, pool parties and more! Check out the Pegasus Palooza page on the UCF website for more details.
2) Visit the Recreation and Wellness Center
The Recreation and Wellness Center (RWC) isn’t actually free, per se—but it’s included in the cost of your tuition! So, access is “free” to all UCF students.
The RWC has numerous facilities and activities, including:
- A climbing wall
- Tennis courts
- Sand volleyball courts
- A disc golf course
- A variety of sports fields
All of these resources mean there is something at the RWC for everyone, whether you’re looking to get into shape or just want to relax by the pool.
In fact, on August 21, 2017 (the first day of classes for Fall Semester), the RWC is hosting a meditation class at 4:15 pm! So, stop by to learn the basics of meditation and reduce your stress!
Since you’ve technically already paid for access to the RWC, you might as well take advantage of it.
3) Visit the UCF Welcome Expo!
2017’s UCF Welcome Expo will be held on Wednesday, August 23 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The expo will feature free food, giveaways and a chance to meet with members of different student organizations, campus offices/departments and local area vendors.
And, as a first-year student, you’ll be eligible to receive 2,000 LINK loot points at this once-a-semester social event. You can find the UCF Welcome Expo in the Student Union: Pegasus Ballroom.
4) Attend the EXCHANGE Entrepreneurship Speaker Series
For more business-minded UCF students, the college hosts a recurring speaking event called the EXCHANGE Entrepreneurship Speaker Series. There’s going to be an event on the UCF campus on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 if you want to get some insight into the world of being an entrepreneur! If you can’t make it that day, don’t worry; The Exchange hosts multiple guest speakers every weekday in the semester!
All of these speaking engagements will be held in The Exchange: BA1, room 148.
5) The FreshU Mobile Kitchen Cooking Demo
A college student shouldn’t live on burgers and fries alone, no matter how delicious those things are. To help college students learn how to work more fruits and veggies into their diet while making delicious food and reducing waste, UCF offers a special FreshU Mobile Kitchen Cooking Demo throughout the year.
The demo lets students see the cooking process, taste the dish and take home a recipe card so they can make delicious food for themselves later. The first demo of the semester is on Thursday, August 24, 2017 from noon to 1:00 pm located on Memory Mall.
6) Go Canoeing or Kayaking at Lake Claire
If you’re a nature enthusiast, or just love to canoe or kayak across a beautiful lake, then you owe it to yourself to visit Lake Claire! UCF students can rent a canoe or kayak for free from the RWC, so sitting on the bank of the lake and soaking up the sun doesn’t cost you a thing but your time.
You might find that sitting on the water in a canoe is the perfect way to take your mind off of your school troubles and relax!
These are just a few of the free activities available to UCF students during the first week of class. There are plenty more things to do and see throughout the rest of the academic year! From everyone here at CVI to you, we hope you have fun and enjoy your college experience at UCF!