By: Maddie Boyer

We’ve made it halfway, Deacs! If we keep up all our collective hard work and safety, we can make it through the semester together. As we enter the second half of the semester, it’s important to remember to take care of ourselves. Staying on campus keeps us safe, but resting our minds and bodies can help keep us healthy. While we may not have a fall break this semester, we can still have fun and give our brains a chance to unwind!

Explore Winston Salem

You don’t have to travel for fall break to explore! Being a tourist in your own city can be a lot of fun. Wander the historical roads in Old Salem, stop into the Reynolda Museum of Art, or take a stroll through Quarry park.  

Bake a Fall Treat

Baking is one of my favorite ways to unwind and a super cozy way to relax on a fall evening. Recently gone apple or pumpkin picking? Whip up a tasty festive treat, like apple cake or pumpkin muffins, or get crafty and have a pumpkin-carving contest with friends.

Explore a Trail

Getting outside can be one of the best ways to disconnect and recharge. We are lucky to be near so many beautiful hiking spots. Hanging Rock and Pilot Mountain are easy to get to from Wake and are student favorites. But, have you checked out some of the other great locations nearby? Salem Lake offers a beautiful 7-mile trail and is local to the area. Other options include Moravian Falls, Stone Mountain State Park, and Owl’s Roost Trail. No car? No problem! Explore the beautiful trails around Wake’s campus; Reynolda trail is particularly beautiful in the fall!

Have a Movie Marathon

October is the best time to curl up with a blanket and have a movie marathon. If you like scary movies, now is the perfect time to get festive for Halloween and jump a little. Classics like The Shining or Scream are perfect for getting your heart racing, but if scary movies aren’t your speed, Ghostbusters or Hocus Pocus are great options! Whatever your taste, grab the popcorn and get cozy to relax! Check out the Drive-In at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds if you’re looking for a fun socially distant activity. This weekend includes showings for Avengers: Infinity War, The Cabin in the Woods, and many more! Gates open at 6:30 pm with showings starting at 7:30 pm.


This is probably the most important activity. Few of us can probably say with confidence that we’ve been as good about sleeping as we should be, particularly during midterms. Getting enough sleep is essential for our school performance, keeping our immune system up, and functioning at our best. Take some time to take a break and get those zzz’s in!

Those are just a few ways to unwind from campus this weekend! Whatever your relaxing style, give yourself a well-deserved break.

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