The Joy of Being Outdoors at UNH

The Joy of Being Outdoors at UNH

It wasn’t until my fourth day of classes when I finally picked up on the fact that there were students, a lot of students, doing homework on the lawns in front of buildings. They were lying in the sun napping, doing homework, eating, playing music, anything you can imagine. It seemed nice, like it could possibly be a good idea to try… one day.

So one day it happened, about a week later, a friend and I grabbed our laptops and camped out on the grass near stoke hall. It was beautiful! One of the nicest things about the UNH campus is how much greenery is involved; grass, trees, bushes, the whole nine yards. We sat there, backs to a tree, in the cool shade. It was hot out and the breeze blew cool wind beneath the branches and I turned and looked at my friend Jaimie saying, ‘How have we not been doing this?!’

The Joy of Being Outdoors at UNH

It might seem instinctive and obvious to do homework in your dorm and at a desk, or eat pizza at a table, or take naps in a bed. Yes, it’ll even seem sensible, but until you actually sit outside to enjoy the weather (while you can) to do homework, you’ll never go back. The campus might be bustling, but it isn’t obnoxious with loud music or many, tall, bland buildings to look at it. UNH has many beautiful places to go and relax and become ‘one with nature’ while finishing Italian homework. Try the lawn in front of Thompson hall, or maybe the seating area under a canopy of trees in front of the Dimond library. In high school, this activity isn’t exactly feasible as most high schools won’t let you leave the building until the bell rings, and when it does, your parents want you home or you have work to get to.  So this is your opportunity to have a change of scenery, be somewhere beautiful while your write your paper or strum guitar for the public rather than in your room. Where ever you choose to sit and relax while doing your homework, UNH provides the best places to do so.