“A lot of people don’t get to see the hidden gems around Ithaca’s campus, like the Natural Lands or the Handwerker Gallery, and there’s always a great event happening on campus. People also don’t get to experience how friendly and engaging the IC community is, which is really what sets it apart from other schools.” -Sherpa Jennifer, Ithaca College
“WashU was the host of the 1904 World’s Fair, also called the Louisiana Purchase Exposition. Many buildings built for the Fair are still around such as Holmes Lounge which was built to hold the Queen’s Jewels and Francis Field where the first waffle cone was invented. We are also situated across from the largest urban park in the country, Forest Park, which has sites such as the Missouri History Museum, Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis Zoo, and the Jewel Box.” -Sherpa Jacob, Washington University in St. Louis
“How does GW fund our 450+ student organizations on campus? It’s actually one of the coolest things at our university. In total, the university allocates a budget of $1.4 billion and the 30-person Student Association chooses how to allocate that money. I’m one of those 30 students. When we talk about learning about finance, learning about the political process, or truly gaining real-world skills… GW is where it happens.” -Sherpa Eric, George Washington University
“The alumni are absolutely ridiculous (in a positive way). We have the highest alumni giving rate of any school in the country, which goes to show how much the grads care about this place. Furthermore, we have “reunions” every year at the end of the Spring Term, and is one of the largest alumni gathering events of any other school, where graduates from all classes are allowed to come (last year, there was somebody that was coming back for their 75th reunion)!” -Sherpa James
“It’s one of the few schools that has summer-funded internships in many countries across the world! I received funds from Haverford’s Center for Peace and Global Citizenship to intern at two non-governmental organizations in the Distrito Federal, Mexico. It was a great experience.” -Sherpa Kerry
“Yale is the perfect balance between “elite Ivy league school” and “fun, social, and exciting school”. Yale also has one of the most amazing support systems available, and the opportunities here are endless.” -Sherpa Andrew
“Our law school building was the only place in the US where they considered filming Harry Potter! In all seriousness, Ann Arbor is more than your average college town — it’s a huge foodie town with super diverse cuisines, lots of museums, so many concert venues (in fact I just saw one of my favorite bands live tonight!), quirky little shops… and then, of course, it has everything you could ever want in a big football school, all the sports, the beautiful ivy-covered buildings, etc.” -Sherpa Alex, University of Michigan
“Barnard College is a small liberal arts college that provides a safe and warm environment for women in New York City. I absolutely love how small and welcoming it is. The fact that it has fostered a close relationship with Columbia, where you are acknowledged as a Columbia University student. At Barnard, you get the advantages of being in a diverse environment that Columbia offers as well as the benefits of being in a small liberal arts college in the heart of the best city in the world.” -Sherpa Atrianne
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.
“Everyone knows it’s in New Orleans, but not a lot of students realize just how strange and awesome the city is. New Orleans is the most interesting city in the U.S. (Also there’s a statue on campus that looks like a pair of balls).”-Sherpa June, Tulane University
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.
“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
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.
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.
“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