Our Campus, Our Secrets: The Exposition Rose Garden at University of Southern California

By Sherpa Jordyn Buettner One of my favorite places to visit is the Exposition Park Rose Garden. It is directly across the street from the southern border of campus and somewhat of an oasis in our urban neighborhood. The Garden is a great place to hang out with friends or get some reading done away from the hustle of campus.

Our Campus Secrets: The Mississippi River Beach at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

By Sherpa Gretchen Gramer The Mississippi River runs directly through the University of Minnesota’s campus. In the spring of freshman year, my friends and I discovered that there is a beach along the water right behind the freshmen dorms. We had a ton of late night bonfires down there right along the river. It’s such a nice spot to escape to our Minnesotan outdoor roots by having a bonfire, even while living right in the middle of the Twin Cities.

What’s Something People Don’t Know About Your School?-Yale University

“My favorite building on campus is the Beinecke Rare Books and Manuscripts Library, which hosts one of the world’s largest collections of its kind. A little known secret about the library is that, in the event of a fire, the entire collection is doused with a lethal but fire-suppressing gas. In other words, you have 30 seconds to evacuate the building before the oxygen is sucked out of the air by an extremely powerful HVAC system. There is also a popular rumor that, in the case of a nuclear threat to New Haven, the entire manuscript collection will be automatically lowered into a sealed underground vault. The university (mysteriously) does not comment on this matter…”-Sherpa Omeed, Yale University

Our Campus Secrets: The Faculty Club at University of California, Berkeley

By Sherpa Diana Lutfi Blog Contributor, University of California, Berkeley  My favorite campus secret is to go to the Faculty Club to read a book when it’s beautiful outdoors or when it’s raining. It’s an interesting place to meet people and to get some great ambiance and even a little study time. But shhh.. this is my secret go-to spot to snag a book.

Our Campus Secrets: Memorial Auditorium at Ohio University

By Sherpa Rachel McClure My favorite hidden gem on campus is actually right in plain sight, but rarely recognized. The back of Memorial Auditorium offers a concrete patio where I love to sit on the ground and take in my surroundings. It’s such an epic feeling to view the iconic College Green before me with the orchestra practicing behind me inside the auditorium. I love to sit here and soak in all the history on the same grounds where Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson and Obama once addressed our student body.

What’s Something People Don’t Know About Your School?-Quinnipiac University

“I always assumed Greek life was a huge deal in college, and for some colleges, it is. Here at Quinnipiac, that’s not the case. While some students do participate in Greek life to gain friendships and form close connections, there are a large number who choose not to. Overall, among the students at QU, whether in Greek life or not, there is a strong sense of community and belonging. You’re never left out.”-Sherpa Joel, Quinnipiac University

Campus Stories: UCLA

The campus and buildings of UCLA have been in 184 different films and television shows, and filming of music videos, television shows, and movies are constantly seen on campus and near our local town, Westwood. I was eating brunch right next to the filming of Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, where the female cop on the horse rides around the UCLA campus. It was so interesting to see how many takes of a two second scene they had to film. I was also right next to the filming of an episode of Modern Family from the new season. They used my friend’s fraternity house as a location in a scene!

Out on the Town: Chapman University

One of the best parts about Chapman is its close proximity to downtown Orange, otherwise know as The Orange Circle. The Circle is full of hidden gems, and sometimes I make it a tradition to go around and try to explore them all, finding out which ones are my favorite. Among all of these amazing places in the upcoming college downtown area, there is an amazing Mexican restaurant called Avila’s El Ranchito Mexican. This place is one of my favorites, because it is a church that was turned into a restaurant. Imagine stepping into a holy place, and then realizing that they serve the best Mexican food in Orange County there. The atmosphere in the restaurant is wonderful, and I’ve never had a better burrito in my life. It’s hard to have a walkable campus in Southern California, and that’s why Chapman is so unique. We’re not a major car campus like other universities, and we have so many amenities within walking distance – this makes it a perfect place to walk-around and to live. I love it here, and want to make sure that people know that we are an amazing institution, and on the rise to becoming one …

What’s Something People Don’t Know About Your School? Connecticut College

“Connecticut College is a place where you’ll have insane amounts of fun and form the closest relationships of your life. It also has one of the most renowned Career Service programs in the country, where every student gets a $3000 stipend to do the internship of his or her dreams the summer between junior and senior year. It’s a hidden gem often mistaken for UConn.”-Sherpa Joanna, Connecticut College

Out on the Town: University of Oregon

By Sherpa Lauren Johnson Perfectly placed in between our spirited game days, campus plays host to the fall term street fair. Vendors from all over Oregon come out and bring the students super yummy food like Oreo dipped ice cream bars, snow cones, elephant ears, gyros, BBQ and so much more. But don’t worry, the food only makes up half of it! Students can buy jewelry, tapestries, posters and all types of super unique clothes! (I just bought a pair of adorable elephant shorts). The street fair is a dream land with all the food and goods you could ever ask for, enlivening our campus for three days twice a year.