It is a challenge all USC students face in the spring semester. A challenge far more difficult than surviving the first round of exams or hiking up the stairs of the Humanities Building. One that incoming freshman might believe is impossible to overcome.

            What are we supposed to do with our weekends now that football season has come to an end? All Carolinians are in agreement that we miss Sandstorm and the warm, fuzzy feeling that hits you when entering Willy B. However, FEAR NOT, FELLOW GAMECOCKS! I’m here to tell you how to fill in the gaping hole that football season has left in your hearts.

            Athletics are still going strong. Currently, both the men and women’s basketball teams are in the NCAA’s top 25 rankings and are highly competitive in the SEC. Personally, I would argue that the environment in Colonial Life Arena is even more high energy and exciting than football. Plus, there are always special promotions. At the last game, I got a free pretzel (pretty awesome in my opinion). Best of all, see Dawn Staley in action. The coach of the women’s team and former Olympic basketball assistant coach is low-key the most amazing person on the face of the planet.

            If basketball isn’t your thing (how is that possible?), you should definitely check out the free movies at Russell House. From movies right out of theatres to classic oldies, you’ll find something to watch. This semester, there are showings of The Titanic, Arrival, and Eddie the Eagle, just to name a few.

            One of the most fulfilling ways to spend a weekend is by volunteering at a Service Saturday through the Leadership and Service Center. Once a month, students sign up and are grouped with site leaders to go to a variety of sites that range from gardening, building a house, or bingo with the elderly. These trips are so much fun and such a great way to give back to the local community!

             The city of Columbia also has plenty of events to check out throughout the semester. One of my personal favorites is the Soda City Market that runs on Saturdays from 9 AM- 2 PM. I love walking Main Street and looking at all of the tents full of delicious food and unique items. It is also a great place to buy some local art. Talk about one-of-a-kind gifts!

            Also keep concerts on your radar! Some highlights this semester are the Cold War Kids in March and the Red Hot Chili Peppers in April, but there is someone else coming in March that you absolutely CAN’T MISS! Ladies and Gentlemen, make sure you are sitting down for this because I just don’t think you will be able to compose yourselves. The pop queen of the early 2000s, Jo-Jo, will be gracing us with her presence. Some might remember her from her powerful performance in Aquamarine, but her top musical hits, “Too Little, Too Late” and “Baby, It’s You,” are what have kept her in our hearts for the past ten years.

            With all of the awesome activities going on, you might even forget it’s not football season!  

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