Need a new hobby? Try these!

Uni can get pretty tedious sometimes, so why not invest in yourself in other ways and try something different. Pat Fordham takes you through some hobbies which will add to your wonderful self and take you places all over the world.

Do you ever get half way through the uni semester and think that you’re not doing everything you could be doing? There’s always the thoughts of travelling far away to Europe or living on a remote island for a few weeks in the Maldives.. but could there be a few activities more within reach? Here are just a few that will differentiate you from the crowd.

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Bouldering Gym

Joining the local gym has always been a great way to get fit, but have you ever tried out a bouldering gym? Bouldering is a form of rock climbing, in which you climb walls under 4-5 metres. It is a form of climbing without ropes, but don’t fret; there are soft mats to break your fall.

If you are looking to get into the bouldering scene long term, you might want to look into getting a membership and climbing shoes. The climbing shoes definitely help and are a must if you want to take your bouldering to the next level. The best thing about bouldering is that if you’re feeling a bit bored with the same old routes on the walls, you can take it outdoors onto actual crags!

Learn an Instrument

Learning a musical instrument can be one of the best things to do as a young person. You have the time on your hands and it can also do wonders for your charisma. One of the best instruments to learn is definitely the guitar, you can’t go wrong with it. I began learning guitar at the age of eleven, taking it camping, travelling and busking at Pitt Street Mall.
It’s a social instrument, a talking piece and one of a number of instruments in which you can add vocals to.
It is well known that people learn easier when they’re younger, and learning a musical instrument is no different. What a time to learn in your university years!

Scuba Diving

Scuba diving is one of those hobbies in which costs a fair bit of cash, but you’ll get more than your fair share back in experiences if you dive some good places.

A beginner Open Water Diving course costs around $200, and the qualification lasts a lifetime! Diving is one of the best hobbies for travelling in my opinion, as 70% of the world is water, so why not explore some of it?

If you’re a history lover, dive some WW2 wrecks in Vanuatu; if you’ve dreamed of witnessing manta-ray migrations, head along to Hawaii. And if all you want is to see the Great Barrier Reef before it slowly passes on, what better way to see it than going for a dive down deep!

Pat Fordham is a first year Journalism student at UTS, interested in all things outdoors and the odd scuba dive. In his spare time, when he’s not climbing walls or hiking, his true passion (the news) gains top priority.