Do you know what’s better than spending no money at all?
Do you know how many things can be done spending no money at all?
Not really that many things, honestly.
UNLESS YOU DO SOME RESEARCH!
GUESS WHO DID SOME RESEARCH!
Me… it was me.
This week I challenged myself to find some entertaining extracurriculars hiding around Rutgers that are offered at absolutely no cost to students. Some of them I had already known about, but some are little gems that I can’t believe I never stumbled upon in my (nearly) 5 years here.
As all Rutgers’ students should know, athletic events are free to attend!
Yeah, maybe we’re not that great at some sports, *cough* football *cough.* But, have you seen our Women’s Soccer team?? They’re unstoppable.
If you haven’t checked out the athletic page for tickets to upcoming events, you’re really missing out on a huge part of life at this school. Sometimes it’s just nice to get out of your own head and go cheer for your fellow classmates in a bleacher full of people cheering for them too.
While our B1G Bad football team doesn’t have the best record, I still went to go cheer them on this weekend.
Going to a Rutgers football game is a different kind of experience than I’m sure most other schools have. You’ve got a pretty good idea of what the outcome is going to be, but because you still have this youthful naiveté inside it’s hard to give up hope for that W. You cheer and scream and just enjoy the experience of being there with so many other students you probably don’t know, all of you praying to the football gods that this time will be different.
Spoiler alert: It wasn’t.
But hey, IT’S FREE!
Speaking of supporting our students, do you know about the Mason Gross Galleries at Civic Square?
That’s right, folks! An entire gallery dedicated to showcasing the works of Rutgers’ grads and undergrads. The exhibitions are free, open to the public year-round, and are an outlet for the expression and creativity of our students.
I’m a little biased because of my already deep love for everything Mason Gross does. The performances they put on provide the fulfillment of my two greatest passions: theater and supporting others. Corny af I’m sorry, but it’s true! Those performances aren’t free though, I just love them so much.
SUPPORT YOUR FELLOW STUDENTS AND GO CHECK OUT THEIR INCREDIBLE ARTWORK
You know what else is free AND educational AND beautiful?
The Zimmerli Art Museum on College Ave.
WE HAVE A WHOLE ASS ART MUSEUM ON OUR CAMPUS!!
It’s an entire museum full of immaculate ancient and modern and portrait and sculptural art; and I never see anyone going inside. Personally, I’ve only been a few times, but it’s stupid that I’m not always there. Just thinking about the fact that we take advantage of having access to such history is really sad.
I visited the exhibition of Alison Bechdel, in short a very successful comic strip artist and super influential voice for the LGBTQ+ community.
I went alone because I feel like going with other people can be distracting and, to me, museums are better experienced when you’re able to fully immerse yourself in them. It didn’t feel like I was alone when I viewed Bechdel’s work though. As you can see, her comics were lined along the walls. People were going from frame to frame, reading one piece next to someone else reading another. I found myself laughing out loud in a quiet room full of people I didn’t know, and a minute later someone down the row would laugh too, at something else.
The work itself and the meanings underneath it were beautiful, but the atmosphere she created… well, it was clearly stunning enough to wake some sort of philosopher in me.
Let’s move on!
Any place open 365 days a year that doesn’t charge a visiting fee is worth some attention.
Basically, this place is exactly what you’re thinking and so much more.
Yes, it’s a giant field. But it’s home to over 15 different gardens. The amazing people who run this 102-year-old establishment host farmers’ markets, Fall Festival, garden tours, Spring Flower Fair, weddings, garden parties, and a bunch of other events throughout the year.
This place is incredible and it’s free to everyone, all the time.
To be honest, I knew it existed, but I had no idea what it was.
Even the great and powerful Oz learns things sometimes.
The bottom line is, THERE’S ACTUALLY COOL THINGS TO DO FOR ZERO DOLLARS!
If you’re ever bored out of your mind and suuuuuuuuper broke like me, or just looking to save a little cash while still enjoying yourself, check out these incredible places. There’s also Rutgers events going on all the time: here’s the calendar.
Happy hunting, friends.
xoxo a broke, but newly cultured b*tch