Wellesley Recreation offers various activities including kayaking, paddle boating, sailing or canoeing on Lake Waban (which ends on Oct. 28, so make sure to come down to the Butler Boathouse any Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday from 12:30 – 2 p.m. during Open Boathouse hours), Group Fitness hours and Open Climbing. Open Recreation, which takes place on Wednesdays from 5 – 7 p.m., provides students with the opportunity to play anything from badminton to basketball, dodgeball, squash, tennis, volleyball and pickleball. In comparison to these exciting events, Walktober seems rather lackluster. What it is, in essence, is that you walk. A lot. Some days, if you walk enough, you’ll get rewarded with a virtual leaf that you can look at on your virtual tree. There’s a deadline of forty days where you’re trying to get at least thirty leaves in the span of October to mid-November, for what I assume are for bragging rights, if you can get the right person to care.
Which is fine. I mean, the gamification of walking is a pretty smart way to target an audience that gamifies buying coffee. You probably walk all the time. It takes about half a mile to walk from Stone Davis, where I live, to Lulu, which is always a fun time when there’s a heavy package. Between all the hubbub and bustle of walking to and from class to dining halls to the KSC and back to the dorms, it’s not hard to accumulate at least one or two miles a day, the latter of which will reward you with the lowest tier red leaf.
Now, for a second, forget about the leaves. They aren’t what’s important, unless you have, as I do, a team of very competitive friends. We’re currently at rank #263, which made me double-take.