Relaxing Get-A-Ways On Campus
The four semesters I have spent at Dominican- and counting- are full of wonderful memories, from spending time in service and community on Alternative Break Immersion trips, to welcoming new students as a TORCH leader. It is hard to believe that I still have two more years to go!
As a well-involved student I am used to the ebb and flow of stress. Anxiety is an expected part of the college experience. There are deadlines-galore for course assignments, service trip forms, study abroad paperwork, internship applications, the list goes on. I am thankful for moments of rest and relaxation. There are a number of locations on campus where I go to momentarily step away from the hectic pace of college life.
Rosary Chapel is a serene place to spend some time alone. The worship space is open to everyone on campus, whether or not you are a practicing Catholic. An ornate, decorative trim lines the border between the wall and the ceiling. The windows hold a beauty of their own. The Interfaith Prayer room is a similar location just a few steps away.
A number of comfy chairs are scattered around the Crown library, behind and between the rows of books. I enjoy taking a break from my studies by flipping through a random book that catches my eye. If you are looking for another similar area then head up to the third floor. In the Lewis Link, between the Crown library and Lewis, you will find a pair of green chairs across from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science office. You can catch a nice view of the Fine Arts building and Meridian VIII stainless steel sculpture.
The Student Involvement Resource Center (SIRC) is somewhat hard to find. It is located in the lower level of Coughlin Hall, which you can only get to by going through the basement of Power Hall. Once you finally reach this fun and relaxing place, first say hello to the student at the welcome desk. Proceed over to the couch and notice the variety of magazines. I enjoy flipping through the latest edition of Entertainment Weekly or a recent copy of the Chicago Tribune. The SIRC is busy one day and quiet another. Definitely worth stopping by every so often.
If all else fails, weather-permitting, spend some time out by the Grotto, at the south-east end of main campus. I find great relief standing among the trees surrounding the area. The statue of the Virgin Mary on the small mount at the Grotto is a calming sight.
My challenge to each of you is to spend some time away from dorm rooms or the commuter lounge and check out some of the highlighted areas around campus. You just might run into me.