A Warm Welcome to Spring

OHP’s top 5 destinations for outdoor adventures!

by Abby Whelan

With growing anticipation for warmer weather and the slightest hint of longer days, there is no better time to get up, get outdoors, and go explore Boston!

As the final stretch of the academic year commences, often times, student’s motivation will start to wane. Our suggestion is to find some new, seasonal inspiration by stepping out of Bapst or O’Neill and saying goodbye to stress-build up and cabin fever! Seek a change in location for a change of heart/mood. Explore some new outdoor sites will help you to clear your head and take a productive study break. Detailed below are OHP’s top 5 locations to spend some quality time outside catching up on some dearly missed vitamin D 🙂

THIS WEEK’S TOP FIVE

  1. Blue Hills Hiking

 

http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/region-south/blue-hills-reservation.html

Reservation Headquarters

695 Hillside Street, Milton, MA 02186

617-698-1802

Gorgeous, peaceful hiking and biking trails that are only about a half hour drive from campus! Additionally, from certain trails, there are fantastic views of the Boston skyline on a clear day. Check out the website for more information on the trails, for a map, and for lists of other outdoors activities that are possible at this location!

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2. The Esplanade

http://www.esplanadeassociation.org/

B/C/D Line to Park Street, transfer and take the Red Line to Charles/MGH

Stretching from Charles Bank Park to Harvard University, the esplanade is a great place to exercise outdoors. Spend some time running or walking or biking to release some endorphins and boost your mood! Additionally,  check online to find out more about bike and kayak rentals.

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  1. Memorial Drive

http://www.bostoncentral.com/activities/Biking/p907.php

B/C/D Line to Park Street, transfer and take the Red Line to Charles/MGH

Parallel to the Charles River in Cambridge, this is yet another great place for cyclists, runners, and rollerbladers. Memorial Drive is typically closed by the city on Sundays for recreational purposes, so be sure to check it out!

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  1. Arboretum (Harvard University)

http://www.arboretum.harvard.edu/visit/

617-524-1718

D Line to Copley, then walk to Back Bay and take Orange Line to Forest Hills

Stroll through the beautiful gardens and exhibits on your own or sign up for  one of their many weekend/weekday tours!

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  1. The Lawn on D

https://signatureboston.com/lawn-on-d/about-us

D Line to Park Street, transfer/take Red Line to South Station

Venture out to see interactive art exhibits, live music, play ping pong or other fun games in this outdoor space by the waterfront!

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Sweet Treats and Study Breaks

 

Our top 5 places to visit in and around Boston where you can drink some coffee, eat some dessert, and de-stress from midterms!

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By Abigail Whelan

Usually at this point in spring semester many of us are both exhausted from midterms and permanently chilled from the cold and dreary weather. Instead of continuing in the same routine, take some time to combat your stress and balance out your responsibilities by treating yourself! This list details some deliciously inviting places in and around the city of Boston where you can seek refuge from the cold, succumb to your inner sweet tooth, and grab an energizing (and totally instagram worthy) cup-o-joe. Happy eating!

  1. The Thinking Cup

(617) 247-3333

http://www.thinkingcup.com

85 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116

Stop in for some pastries, macaroons, and coffee while shopping and strolling on one of Boston’s most beautiful streets. A wide variety of food and open from 7 to 10 pm, this location is one that cannot be beat!

 

2. Paris Creperie 617-232-1770

http://pariscreperie.com/

278 Harvard Street, Brookline

C Line to Coolidge Corner

If you love crepes, this is the place for you! Paris Creperie offers a wide variety of sweet and savory crepes, in addition to a create your own option and delicious breakfast crepes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Morano Gelato

http://www.moranogelato.com/home

Shops at Chestnut Hill, 199 Bolyston Street, Chestnut Hill

Located in the Chestnut Hill Mall, accessible via BC Chestnut Hill Mall Shuttle

Have a craving for authentic gelato that tastes just like the creamy treat you’ll find in Italy? Morano Gelato is a premium gelato shop right in the Chestnut Hill mall that features a plethora of unique flavors with a rotating menu that changes every day! Word around the street is that Morano has the best gelato around- come see for yourself!

4. Fuel America

617-782-0999

http://fuelamerica.us

152 Chestnut Hill Avenue, Brighton

BC Commonwealth Ave Shuttle to South Street, walk up South Street to Chestnut Hill Avenue

Come to Fuel if you’re in the mood for a warm latte on cold day or if you’re just in the mood for snack on the healthier side. With a variety of sandwiches, salads, and drinks, you can’t go wrong here!

 

5.Pavement Coffeehouse

617-789-4000

http://pavementcoffeehouse.com/content/allston

1243 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

B Line to Harvard Street

Check out this hip coffeehouse in Allston if you’re in the mood for great coffee, handcrafted breakfast sandwiches, and yummy baked goods in a cool neighborhood. Try the cider latte sometime in the fall for a really tasty treat!

 

 

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BC Office of Health Promotion

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4 Things That Help Me Manage Time

by Genna Martin

Time management is a skill that has taken me a lot of practice to get good at. As I head into the middle of my third year at BC, I am increasingly familiar with how long different types of tasks take me, and what I should prioritize to set me up for success. For me, managing my time well is the number one step I take to keep my stress levels within a manageable zone. This is a big incentive for me. If I know that the coming week could be super stressful, having a plan for attacking the work ahead allows me to stay calm enough to be productive.

This is why I use a planner with everything written down in it so that I am aware of what lies ahead of me and can plan my time accordingly. In this planner, I write down everything from assignments, to club meetings, to planned lunches with friends. In terms of using my time effectively, I like to use small sections of time to break up bigger tasks. For example, while my laundry is in the washer I like to try to do a reading assignment, and after I switch it to the dryer, I will try to do another assignment. I like that this sectioning of time is structured, and by the time the laundry is finished drying, I will have been doubly productive by doing laundry and some homework at the same time. Then, while folding laundry, I can take a break and put on some Friends or something in the background! These kinds of breaks are really important for me to stay on track in my work schedules. Although it can be a slippery slope, I like to take frequent study breaks to watch one well-chosen YouTube video of Jimmy Fallon or Ellen DeGeneres, or something that lets my brain take a break!

Keeping a planner, making a study plan, breaking down the big tasks into smaller ones, and taking breaks throughout studying are my main ways that I like to make sure I am using my time as well as I can.

For more information on time management schedule an iPlan appointment here, bc.edu/healthpro.