Students explore off-campus activities as spring semester resumes – The Pacific Index

With the spring semester in full swing and homework piling up, students are looking for ways to get out of the dorms and have fun off campus. Despite its small size, the town of Forest Grove offers a variety of student activities within walking distance of campus: from restaurants to fun shops to a bowling alley.

The Oregon coast is also about an hour away. Visitors can stroll the beach, enjoy coastal shopping, or visit the nearby trails.

“My favorite thing to do off campus is to visit Neahkhanie Viewpoint because nature is unique there,” said junior Paul-Jose Wong.

Forest Grove also offers a varied selection of dishes. There’s Hawaiian, Chinese, Sushi, Thai, Fusion, Burger, Pizza and more. The variety of cuisine means there is always something new to try. Sophomore Eliot Morgan’s favorite restaurant is SoWa’s Donburi, a Japanese restaurant on Main Street.

“There’s a really good, welcoming atmosphere,” Morgan said. “Using chopsticks rather than western cutlery makes it feel authentic and the food is amazing.”

There are also many restaurants in Forest Grove that offer vegan and vegetarian options, which for students like junior Majestik De Luz is important.

“My favorite thing about the diversity is how many vegan and vegetarian options they have, and how well priced everything is.” she says.

Diversity Cafe also has a bar, making it a good place for over-21s to hang out on the weekends. The Diamond Palace is another popular bar near campus that features karaoke, a pool, and a mechanical bull.

For less food-centric activities, there’s Rainbow Lanes, a bowling alley that offers free bowling to Pacific students on Thursday nights. The Cornelius Theaters are only a 10 minute drive away so you can see the latest film releases. There are also a few antique stores just a block away from the Forest Grove campus so you can find that special item to decorate your dorm or apartment.

—Jazmine Henning

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