If you are not a college student you might the surprised at all the great resources and amenities that are lurking at the local college or university campus. Most colleges offer regular tours and can point you to all the great things they have to offer.
My husband and I both graduated from Brigham Young University. In fact, we met there and got married while we were still students. But I was fortunate to have a father who also was a professor there, so I grew up in and around BYU from the time I was four-years-old.
By the time I attended the university as a student, I knew the campus like the back of my hand and I'd spent hundreds of hours attending conferences, workshops, performances, and music lessons.
Once summer, when I was barely 16, I even went to campus daily with my sister and crashed her classes with her. She was almost 20-years-old. We attended German, geology, and choir together. I even went on an overnight geology excursion with one class and on a field trip to an authentic German restaurant with another (where I had my first taste of schwarzwald kirsch kuchen and fell in love with apfel kuchen).
It always made Nora crazy when other students found out we were sisters and asked me what my major was — and asked her what grade she was in! But that's another story.
Just walk right past the group mailboxes and the dorm rooms. Here are some of the great things you might find:
- High quality music, drama, and dance.
- Amazing sporting events with a high level of fan loyalty (go cougars!).
- Cafeterias and restaurants with great food and good prices. (And, yes, usually they are open to the public.)
- Athletic venues like swimming pools, racquetball and tennis courts, etc.
- Museums and galleries.
- Classes and workshops.
- Libraries and other research facilities.
- Bookstores and textbook resources.
Check our your local university to see what they have to offer. It's a source of education and culture that can benefit the entire community.