With the school year kicked into full swing and welcome week festivities calming down, the stress of school work is beginning to set in. Homework, quizzes, exams, study groups, on top of taking care of yourself physically and mentally AND having a social life?- it’s exhausting. With our weekdays being filled with classes and homework, it’s completely acceptable to take a much needed break from school on the weekends and go out with friends. It’s necessary to have a balance between an academic and social schedule because burnout can sneak up on all of us without warning. However, students may experience thoughts that the only social gatherings they can find include alcohol or drug consumption. But I am here to tell you that this is far from the truth! Allendale may seem like a not so exciting place to hang out, but expand your horizons out twenty minutes and the options are endless in downtown Grand Rapids or out by the lakeshore in Holland.