Adventures on a budget for college students

Emily DeAngelis, Staff Writer

Let’s face it: college creates a big dilemma. College is expensive, but college students also love different options to distract them from the inevitable pile of homework that awaits them. I admit, I am no expert. I often fill spare time creating an Amazon cart full of dreams, only to head to check out and laugh/cry at the balance of over $300. I close the tab and move on.

This semester, I have been trying to fi nd more practical options that students can enjoy without feeling like they are on a budget.  There are several options on and around campus that allow for quality time without spending too much, here’s some that I’ve found:

1. Boscov’s

Wilkes-Barre Public Square is home to a super Boscov’s. Whether you are looking to kill an hour or a day, Boscov’s is the answer to the crisis. With four floors and a cafe, Boscov’s allows one to spend hours shopping while enjoying coveted discounts. P1 Pharmacy student Haley Mesaros says, “Boscov’s is a great place to fi nd bargains- especially the basement! The people who work there are genuinely nice and I always have a great experience!”

2. Little Theatre of Wilkes-Barre

Located at 537 North Main Street, only a mile off campus, this is a local venue with big reviews. Trip Advisor rates The Little Theatre fi ve stars in all areas. Filled with talented performers and a variety of shows, The Little Theatre is a cost efficient choice for a night out on the town. Many events are free to Wilkes students with a Wilkes ID.

3. Wilkes Thursdays

Looking for a night of free fun on campus? Take advantage of Programming Board’s Thursday night events. Follow Wilkes University Programming Board on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter for more information and updates. They also recently announced Lupe Fiasco will be performing at the Spring Concert.

4. Sky Zone

Test anxiety making you jumpy? Sky Zone is a great way to get out some energy for half an hour or an hour increments. An hour of jumping is only $17 with socks included. 5. The YMCA The new fitness craze has several students looking for bigger name gym options. However, at no cost to Wilkes students, the YMCA is a comprehensive choice for beginner and advanced gym-goers. With several cardio choices, two weight lifting areas, a room full of machines, a pool and several classes available to students, the Y has everything you need to get into shape.