Hidden Gems On Campus

Are you looking for “new” places to explore on campus? There are quite a few hidden gems on campus that are often overlooked because of not being as obviously in sight as some of the other buildings and things on campus. Two of the most overlooked of these spots is the Greenhouse and Stearns/McNamara Memorial Garden, both located near the Dana Mohler-Faria Science and Mathematics Building (DMF). You might have thought that only biology majors or botanists doing a project could go into the Greenhouse, but the Greenhouse is open to others too. Professor John Mulrooney (he/him) in the English department even had one class meeting held in the Greenhouse for the students in his poetry workshop class. The Greenhouse can be contacted via phone at (508) 531-2261 for any questions that you may have regarding availability.

The Stearns/McNamara Memorial Garden has beautiful, semi-secluded paths that are perfect for taking a decompressing walk to help with alleviating some of the stress of midterms. There are some park benches along the trails where you can sit down with a book and read in nature, or just take in your surroundings and have a moment of mindfulness.

Another hidden gem is the observatory! The observatory is located on the fifth floor of DMF. According to BSU’s website, “the BSU Observatory is dedicated to educating and sparking an interest in science, particularly astronomy, in the regional community.” There is an accessible public events schedule for Fall 2023 on the “bridgew.edu” site where students can see all the events occurring this semester.

The final, and probably most well-hidden gem, is the film equipment studio. Located in Moakley Atrium, communications majors can borrow a wide variety of filming equipment and utilize the large studio space and editing suite. If you aren’t a communications major, you can also participate by joining Filmmakers Society.

So, if you are looking for more things to do on campus, always keep in mind that there are most definitely things that are new to you, and they are probably right under your nose, waiting to be discovered!


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