1,936. That is the number of acres our very own Indiana University occupies. That’s more than 1,000 football fields! There is so much room to discover your favorite study areas, the best spaces to relax after a strenuous day, or just a spot to call your own that no one else knows about (or at least you think no one knows about). Even though I am only in my freshman year here at IU, I already have several favorite spots on campus! I’m sure I will stumble upon many more in the future but, for now, I’m going to let you in on four hidden treasures most students overlook.
1. Global and International Studies Building
Global and International Studies Building
If you haven’t wandered inside this glass castle, you’re missing out. The Global and International Studies Building (or GISB) is found in between Wells Library and the Radio-TV Building. Stacks upon stacks of framed glass make up the entire building, making it a haven for those who yearn for an open study space or simply wish for a less cramped space to visit. On bright days, sunlight streams in thorough the windows, and you’re able to eat lunch or work on homework in the gravel courtyard behind GISB. On darker, colder days, you can experience a winter wonderland right before your eyes by taking a seat at a table in the hallway or on the comfortable couches and pedestals that are offered throughout the rooms.
2. Beck Chapel
Beck Chapel is located between Ballantine Hall and the back area of the Memorial Union. This quaint and charming chapel was built in 1956 and is constructed from Indiana limestone and wood cut from trees in southern Indiana. Even if you are not religious, this quiet sanctuary is situated away from the hustle and bustle of campus and provides a great place to ponder your thoughts. If you are religious, this location serves to provide you with a silent place to worship. While it’s tiny in size, the glass windows are marvelous to look at (can you tell I like windows?) and open up the space to make it feel like a cathedral of sorts. This chapel reminds me of a neighborhood church the townspeople used to gather at in Western movies. It's open seven days a week (unless there is a scheduled event), and it's even open 24 hours a day during finals week.
3. School of Public Health Balcony
School of Public Health Balcony
I recently came across this spot and though most students may already know of the school, they may not know of the attached balcony that overlooks the Woodlawn Fields. After ascending concrete steps, you're able to sit at one of the outdoor tables or lounge on the side of the balcony, enjoying the breeze and, if you’re lucky, catching a glimpse of intramural sports teams practicing or participating in pick-up games. Of course, the weather plays a factor in this location, so save it for warm days!
4. Franklin Hall
If you only check out one spot on this list, please make that one spot Franklin Hall. Located near the Sample Gates and Kirkwood Avenue, this limestone fortress is home to the renowned Indiana University Media School. Walk in, look up, and let out a gasp. A massive TV screen that broadcasts various channels, including news stations, IUSTV (Indiana University Student Television), and various sitcoms, hangs on the right side of the atrium. Stairways, a glass elevator, and an abundant amount of study spaces occupies the rest. If you want to put your feet up, lounge in some of the most comfortable chairs in the world (try them out for yourself!) that take up the space underneath the TV.
Everyone has a number of favorite spots on IU's campus, but the spots I just described make up my home at IU. Maybe you're someone who hasn't checked out any of these spots I just mentioned. Don’t take my word for it: go out and explore! Find your preferred corners of IU’s campus that you can call your hidden treasures! Good luck!
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