Just a month ago, my dad drove me from our home near Boston, MA to a small, picturesque, seaside town on Cape Cod called Woods Hole. This town isn’t like any other coastal spot; it’s a world-renowned hub of marine biological study. Scientists come from all over the country and the world to study and work here. So, for a young scientist like me, traveling to Woods Hole was a dream come true.
“What’s that building that’s under the North Parking Garage?” I mused to myself while wandering around campus during O-Week. The thought quickly left my mind as I ran off with my House for a trip to Chinatown for bubble tea. However, a couple days later, while perusing the booths at the student activities fair, I noticed the University Community Service Center (UCSC) table and, knowing that I wanted to get involved in service, went over.
While UChicago’s campus is stunning, exploring beyond our neighborhood of Hyde Park and into the diverse and exciting city of Chicago has been an important part of my college experience. At first, Chicago’s size worried me (I’m from the Boston area, and Chicago is much larger), but through House trips organized by our Resident Heads, Resident Assistants, and House Council, I found navigating the city was not so intimidating.
Some people say that a university is only as good as its library, and the libraries at the University of Chicago seem to be very good. The Mansueto Library houses 3.5 million books, all stored underground and retrieved by robots. The Regenstein Library has the Special Collection of rare and unique books and records, 4.5 million print volumes, seven floors, and half a million square feet of floor space.
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The University of Chicago offers over 400 recognized student organizations (RSOs), what are typically known in high school as clubs. These range from media/publications, club sports, cultural groups, and more. In the first part of this series, we will highlight performance groups – everything from a circus, dance organizations, and instrumental groups. By no means is this a comprehensive list, but we hope it provides a nice overview of the types of performances RSOs you can find on campus.
“Why UChicago?” and “How tough is balancing your work and athletics?” are the two questions, without fail, I field from softball recruits and their families when they’re attending camps or touring campus. As a fourth-year Public Policy major and member of the varsity softball team, I have been challenged and rewarded by athletics as a complement to my academics.
Now that it’s Spring Quarter of my fourth year, and I’ve finished all my major requirements, I have more time to take classes I’m interested in, explore even more of Chicago, and binge watch another series on Netflix. I’ll be moving out of Chicago for my first full-time job this summer, but there are a couple of things that I want to make sure I do before I graduate:
When I first moved to Chicago four years ago, I had little idea of what to expect. Coming from another major city, I imagined I would immediately and seamlessly adjust to the environment, but Chicago took its time to really grow on me. Now, looking back, I couldn’t imagine spending college anywhere else. Finding my favorite spots in Chicago has been a four-year process and really helped make me feel at home here.
UChicago’s new initiative U-Pass allows students to traverse the City throughout the school year without having to shell out exact change or remembering to reload their Ventra card. A U-Pass card is made for each student, works across the City of Chicago’s buses and trains, and has the ability to be loaded with money for during interim breaks.
For the past 20 years, international travel has been a distinguishing feature of UChicago Athletics. Every four years, each of UChicago’s DIII varsity teams has the opportunity to travel abroad. These trips serve the dual purpose of training and leisure, allowing players to practice their sport with teams around the world, while also taking in the sights. Since the men’s soccer team traveled to Scotland in 1997, UChicago teams have visited 23 countries across four continents.