Penn can be a busy place and it’s important to take some time for yourself. Allowing yourself to take a break can re-energize you to get back to all of the incredible things you’re doing, so I wanted to share some of the places that I go to when I want to focus on my wellbeing.
The Schuylkill River Trail
This trail is just a few blocks away from my dorm and is one of my absolute favorite places in Philadelphia. This trail runs along the Schuylkill River and passes by the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Boathouse Row. It also goes through some beautiful greenery, which can be hard to come by in a city, and is a great way to get some sunlight (which can be tricky during the winters). My favorite thing to do here is to go on a walk or a run, either by myself or with some friends. I highly recomend taking a walk here while the river is frozen or it is snowing-it looks absolutely pristine and breathtaking.
The Sixth Floor of Van Pelt Library
I know that a study location isn’t exactly relaxing, but the large windows, comfortable chairs, and relaxed atmosphere make it a great place to curl up with a book. If you’re lucky, there will be a seminar or another event finishing up that’s giving away free food while you’re there!
Guided Meditation Sessions
These free hour-long meditation sessions are offered by the Student Health Services and have been one of my favorite discoveries about Penn this semester. I have always been interested in meditation but have rarely done so for such a prolonged period of time or in a group setting. By being in a group you can reach a deeper state of meditation than if you were alone, and it is a great way to meet people you otherwise wouldn’t, such as grad students or exchange students.
The Multi-Purpose Room at Pottruck Gym
This is my most frequented room in Pottruck, and for good reason too! All of the equipment I regularly use is there, along with more “fun” items like battle ropes and TRX bands. It’s well lit, less crowded than the cardio and weights rooms, and has a turf for when you need some extra space for your workouts.
This seems obvious, but hanging out in friends’ rooms is underappreciated. There’s nothing better than ending a long day with laughter, good company, lounging around the dorms, and eating the snacks in a friends’ room.