Spontaneity: Who doesn't need a dash of it every now and then?

In the rush of college I have lost so much of the child that used to be in my heart, the child that told me to break the rules and do something that is a little out-of-the-box.

Recently I decided I want to break the mold of my normal UT life and start trying new things on campus.

Last week, a friend and I decided that for our paper in Communications 342, we would go to Club LeConte to do some research and get a pamphlet or two instead of staying on campus like most people were doing. After the strenuous climb to the 27th floor of the First Tennessee Bank building in downtown Knoxville, we had arrived.

It was a Sunday morning and I had just rolled out of bed – my attire was nothing special, maybe some high-wasted jean shorts and a tank top.

As the staircase twisted upwards, a crystal chandelier dangled in the light, illuminating the fact that I was underdressed. I thought it was no big deal because I was only grabbing a pamphlet and maybe a word or two from the hostess.

Upon turning the final corner into the country club atmosphere, however, there was a very welcoming woman who politely asked my friend and I what we needed. We told her about the paper we were writing and that we just wanted to take a look around to get details on the organizational function of their company.

After thoroughly looking over the floor, my initial reaction was to walk out the front door and ask nothing further, seeing as their hospitality was greatly appreciated and much more than I had expected.

To my surprise the head chef came out of a room and asked us about what we were doing. One thing led to another and the next thing I know I am overlooking all of downtown Knoxville with a plate full of fish, tenderloin, potatoes, salad and various other heavenly foods.

Me, my jorts, and a plate of five-star food on a Sunday morning.

I have to say that I cannot complain, and the special they offer of $15 Sunday brunch definitely seems worth it to me now after tasting how amazing the food was.

Needless to say, the idea of breaking the mold and going outside the norm ended up working to my benefit, and now I know of a great place to splurge on brunch every now and then.

But the story of Club LeConte was only one of what I hope to be many more to come. The spontaneity is back.

I make spur of the moment choices because I find the best memories are made by dropping everything and doing something out of your comfort zone.

This week the spontaneous decision is whitewater rafting – kindly provided through UT – and I could not be more excited.

The lackluster weekend appeal Knoxville has is prominent in my life, and I think everyone gets a little bored here when there is no tradition such as a football game going on.

Yes, there will always be parties, and, yes, sometimes those are fun, but the real fun lies in doing something different and new.

We live in extremely close distance to some of the best hiking in America, and the UT outdoor program offers many outdoor activities such as rock climbing and whitewater rafting.

If you are not the outdoors type, there is always the indoor bowling alley in the UC, and there have been various concerts, free and paid, this past week.

Other things come in seasons, such as the Tennessee Valley Fair or the Farmer's Market.

All of these activities are enjoyable and many of them come free of charge. What college kid couldn't use a free good time? Not that nightlife at UT isn't fun, but for me it's time to stop the repetition and do something worth remembering.

We only have four years – let's live them spontaneously well.

Annie Blackwood is a junior in communications. She can be reached at ablackwo@utk.edu.