honest advice from honestly nice people
Día del Oso. You may think it translates to "day of the bear" but the actual translation is "pointless Tuesday off that you look forward to all semester." Dia is one of my favorite days and I love every second of it. There are so many things to love about Dia, but if you're not careful, you could miss out on something really great. Because of that, I'm going to tell you how to do Dia right. Now, you don’t have to follow my advice. But let me tell you now, in my three years at Baylor, I have enjoyed every minute of Dia and I wouldn’t trade those days for anything.
1. Wake Up Early!
“But it’s my day off!!!!!” “I wanna sleep in.” Look me in my hypothetical face. Don’t. You will miss out on some really great things that Baylor has to offer on Dia. They bring in so many cool people and things to entertain us and for the most part, aside from the food, its free! I’ll give you some examples. This past year there was goat yoga! Sounds crazy, I know. But they brought in a yoga instructor and let loose a bunch of petting zoo goats and let them roam while people did yoga.
The thing that takes the cake and was DEFINITELY worth the struggle of waking up early was my sophomore year when Baylor brought the most wonderful gift they have ever given me - Anna. The. Sloth. Thats right ladies and gentlemen. A real life genuine sloth. She was what dreams are made of, y’all. So what I’m saying is that some things are just really worth getting up for.
2. Do Things On Campus
From archery tag, to inflatables, to free food, free t-shirts, G-Troupe shows, and massive cookie mosaics, there is just so much to do on campus. Baylor brings in musical acts, illusionists, and so much more. After you’ve done all there is to do on campus, then leave and adventure with your friends. Dia is the perfect day to explore Waco, go play in Cameron Park, or just have a chill day by the pool. There’s also always a concert at BSR, if you’re into that! Don’t believe the lies that there’s not anything to do on campus. It’s as much fun as you make it. And there’s always so many dogs on campus too!! (Did I mention that there was a SLOTH).
3. Be With Friends!
This honestly is a combination of the last two points. Make an effort to do as many things on campus as you can. Get a group together and see what Baylor has to offer. I have had some really great Dias when I surround myself with people who want to enjoy the day as much as I do. This last year, my friends and I explored campus, went to a G-Troupe show, relaxed by the pool, played real life fruit ninja, and ate some delicious food at Baris. You can make Dia as busy or relaxing as you want, but it’s always a good time when you’re surrounded with the people you love. (And sloths.)
4. Stay Outside
BUT PLEASE WEAR SUNSCREEN AND DRINK WATER. There is nothing better than a day off of classes to spend with friends and getting to enjoy the beautiful city that we live in. Baylor’s campus alone is beautiful, but once you’ve made a plan for the day, head out to Cameron Park, hike some of the trails, set up your hammock and relax, enjoy the sunset and just appreciate the beautiful world that God has created. (You can’t see sloths if you don’t go outside).
5. Try Something New!
Believe me, the opportunity to try something new will present itself time and again at Baylor, and Dia is a great setting to do just that! Whether that’s going to a restaurant that you haven’t been to in Waco, eating something from one of the food trucks that come to campus, going to a ZZZ party, seeing a concert, petting a sloth (!!!!!), or something else, find something new and don’t be afraid to dive in head first!
Dia is such a great day. I don’t know if they’ll ever bring a sloth back, but if they do you can bet I’ll be the first person in line. I’ve only got one more Dia left as a Baylor student and it’s going to be bittersweet, but I can’t wait to see what they bring in for us. Dia is one of my favorite Baylor traditions, and I hope you love it just as much as I do.
Kristyn is the definition of a sassy southern belle, and needs coffee and mozzarella sticks to function. This soon to be senior loves her dog, Bean, sloths, and all kinds of tacos. Behind the sass and sarcasm is a girl who loves her friends, and would do anything for them. She would love to grab coffee with you - at any time really, so don't be afraid to ask!