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My Favorite Spots on Campus

by Wanda L., M&T Class of 2017

by Wanda L., M&T Class of 2017

Penn’s campus is not short of iconic buildings or statues. Students and tourists alike stop to take pictures in front of the Love Statue or College Hall. Penn has a unique and beautiful campus that any student can fall in love with. From my first visit, the environment at Penn excited me. Penn’s campus is suited for both intense studying and necessary leisure. Throughout my freshman year, I tried to explore the campus as much as possible, visiting each library and finding the Biopond. By the end of the year, however, I had determined which locations would become my favorites for the duration of my time at Penn.

Favorite Spot to Study
As a student, I spend a good portion of my time during the day studying for classes or completing homework assignments. While Penn’s campus has many ideal places to study closer to where I live, I prefer to study in a more remote location – the Biddle Law Library. The Law Library offers me the perfect study environment for multiple reasons. Firstly, it is quiet, yet I do not feel that I am disturbing the general peace every time I happen to sneeze (which is very frequently). Additionally, the library has individual and personal desks, some even by a window. The ability to steal glances of the sky as I prepare for a busy week of midterms boosts my morale and keeps me going for as long as necessary. The desks at the library are also spacious. When I study, I sprawl. I place my papers everywhere, and I need to feel as though I can move my arms. The spacious, individual desks give me the necessary space to study how I like without encroaching on another’s study space.

Favorite Spot to Relax
Every now and then, a couple of friends and I will gather the energy to go for a jog or for a walk. Instead of the traditional jog down Locust Walk or the Schuylkill, we choose to jog around Penn Park. As an incredibly uncoordinated individual, I do not play sports, so I have never used the soccer, tennis, baseball fields, or other athletic facilities at Penn Park. Nevertheless, jogging or simply waking through Penn Park in the evening or early night is a rewarding experience, and a great way to unwind after a long day. Penn Park offers one of campus’ best views of the Philadelphia skyline, and easily the best outdoor view. The view makes Penn Park an enjoyable place to be whether I am exercising or simply admiring my surroundings.

During my freshman year, Penn’s campus continued to impress me as much as it had the first time I visited. I know that there are still places on campus that I have not explored. Over the next three years, I hope to find even more places that I can enjoy spending hours at, but the Biddle Law Library and Penn Park will always remain among my favorites.

Wanda, originally from Columbia, Maryland, is a member of the M&T Class of 2017. She studies Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics within Penn Engineering and has yet to declare her concentration in the Wharton School.

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