5 things to do in the Caronport area

Posted: September 9, 2014

Well, you've been in Caronport for about a week now. How are you enjoying it? Please answer audibly to your screen.

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On the off chance that you're looking for something fun to do while at Briercrest for the next year (or five), I present you with this list of fun things to do around the Caronport area.

1. Moose Jaw Tunnels

Do you like history? It doesn't matter what you answered to this, because the Moose Jaw Tunnels are lots of fun. If you're a history nerd, then you'll absolutely eat this up. If you like laughing, you'll do just fine.
Moose Jaw has a crazy history with Al Capone, but I'm not going to go into detail with that; you'll need to go to the Tunnels to check it out. You'll get a guide who leads you through the tunnels into "dangerous" situations that actually feel real, I promise. The Tunnels are only $15 a tour, or $25 for both, so you can't say that money is an issue for you. Plus, can you put a price on fun? I guess $15 is a good price for fun.

2. Go sky gazing

Saskatchewan's slogan is "The Land of Living Skies" and anyone who has been here in the summer, or has seen the thousands of pictures that exist, can attest to this slogan being incredibly accurate. Whether it's incredibly rare clouds after a huge storm, the seven colour sunset, or a completely cloudless, expansive blue sky, you will never be bored with Saskatchewan skies.
On top of the fantastic skies that you'll see, Caronport has had many Northern Lights shows over the last few years. The greens and blues that are supposed to only be visible farther North are quite expressive over Caronport. The fact that there aren't any big city lights taking over the sky, make the stars incredibly visible on any given night.

3. Have a hall sleepover

I know you just spent the last two years trying to "grow up", but I'm telling you to spend some nights this year getting back to your childish basics.
You have 20 other like-minded people at your fingertips and you need to take that opportunity and run with it.
You can do this in two different ways. First of all, you can try and convince your entire hall to congregate with their blankets and pillows in your hall common space and make popcorn. The popcorn is key here, otherwise your sleepover will go terribly. Popcorn is a necessity. Movies are suggested, as well.
The second way is a lot easier. You no doubt will make some very close friends this year. What better way to further your friendship than to have them come back from class and find your blanket on their floor, with you at their desk, with a bowl of popcorn made? Again, popcorn is key here. The first time this happens, they will enter the room and be in shock immediately, they will take a quick scan of the room to see what has changed, and they will instantly be put off that you had the audacity to do such a thing. Then, the beautiful scent of buttery popcorn will enter their nostrils, they will take a deep breath and inhale all the good feelings that come with popcorn; they will have forgotten that they were ever mad at you, and you will begin your fantastic night on the right foot. Movies, Macbook pictures and makeovers are all essential to a night like this. Also, popcorn.

4. Make friends with someone out of dorm

This may be hard to believe, but there are actually people who attend Briercrest as students who don't live in dorm. I know, they're crazy.
You will make lifelong friends in dorm as long as you're willing to open up and learn new things. These people will be around you all day for 8 months, so there's no way to escape (not that you'd want to, right?). However, there are students who live in apartments, houses or trailers that won't get to experience that dorm community this year. Briercrest has lots of community events and things to get them involved, but they also need love from dorm people. For you, it's a chance to get to know older, more mature student with different perspectives on life. Not to mention that they cook for themselves, so they'll be able to offer you a meal. Take it from someone who lives on their own, a free meal is always worth having. Even if it's just rice and bologna (not a meal that is approved by the Canadian Food Guide).
Seriously though, students who live out of dorm are people too. They probably feel a little disconnected from the rest of the student body and could use a friend. This isn't a plea for more friends, but a chance for a mutually beneficial friendship.
On top of it all, their room probably looks a lot cooler than yours.

5. Chat with a professor

You came to school to learn, right? Not everyone learns the same way, right? Why not chat with a professor one-on-one rather than solely listening to them in class?
The professors are Briercrest are different. I think this place is very unique because you have so many smart, PhD brains in one place who also sit next to you in church. These professors are on the same journey that you are, they're probably just a little farther ahead. These professors have decades and decades (and decades and decades and decades, i.e. Ellery Pullman) of knowledge that they have acquired. The professors have made it their career to impart that knowledge on people who want to listen.
All that being said, these professors care about you as a student, but also as a person. I have never met a professor at Briercrest who turned down a meeting request. If I had something I wasn't 100% on board with that they had taught me, I would meet them and discuss it one-on-one. More often than not, they were able to explain to me on a deeper level what they were trying to convey and I walked away having learned something new.
They want you to grow. You (should) want to grow. This is a match made in heaven, so to speak. Meet for coffee with a professor, stop by their office, or email them. They want to see you succeed in your academic life and in your spiritual life, and often they are looking for ways to help you get there. Let them teach you outside of the classroom too.