The Whittemore Center, commonly known as “the Whit” to the UNH student body, is one of the most popular places on campus. It’s the home of the hockey teams, the box office for tickets, the Hamel Student Recreation Center, and of course, the famous wildcat statue perched at the corner overlooking Main Street. The hockey arena is the main feature of this building since the school is Division 1 and every time I walk in, I’m in awe of the framed photos proudly displayed on the wall representing past UNH legacy hockey players. The arena itself contains multiple banner and awards the teams have earned over the years!
For many students, going to the recreation center is a great way to exercise, meet up with friends, and especially fill time between classes if necessary. Many of my friends have become my “gym buddies” over time as we designate gym time for ourselves every day. Although crowded at times, especially during the week, the gym provides many options for students. One may choose to exercise on a machine, run the track, rock climb, rent sports equipment, take one of many group fitness classes offered in a studio near the locker rooms, and much more!
Despite my busy schedule, some weeks due to classes, homework, meetings, and other commitments, I try to make time for myself to go to the gym at least six days of the week (because everyone deserves a day off every now and then). For me, it is a great way to relieve stress while staying healthy. My favorite group fitness classes so far have been Zumba and Cardio Boxing (kickboxing). The instructors are all certified and the classes allow you to have fun with your friends despite the possibility of feeling sore the following day! The Whit is a major stop on all campus tours and I can see why—the students love it and they tend to go there quite frequently.
Written by Rachel Afrow, UNH Class of 2016