Almost all students have their special place on campus; their campus sanctuary. Perhaps it’s a place outside, an empty classroom or an isolated study room.

The life of a student is a stressful one, and some students are on campus all day, so it’s only natural for those students to seek out a place where they can relax and unwind.

The college experience is a shared experience, but no two students experience it the same way. Each individual has his or her own way and reason to pass the time.

Perhaps one’s sanctuary is near a class or outside or even not a secret spot at all.

“The tree area where they grow all the plants by Building 7,” said fifth-year graphic design major John Isaac. “The people that are there are usually passing. There’s a few people chilling, but it’s basically it’s a cool spot because the sun rays shoot through the trees, and it has water running, so it’s pretty relaxing. [I go] maybe like three times a quarter, when I feel overwhelmed.”

This area, located by Building 7 (the College of Environmental Design) is called the Ethnobotany Biotrek.

Ethnobotany is the study of the customs of plant use in groups of people.

With hundreds of different plants growing within its boundaries and a stream running through it, this tranquil garden, which is part of the College of Environmental Design, is open to all students.

Other places on campus like this include the orange grove by Building 1, the courtyard in Building 94 and Voorhis Ecological Preserve, the wooded area beyond South University Drive.

The courtyard in Building 94 offers a shady and tranquil place to relax. (Brian Sease | The Poly Post)

Sanctuaries don’t have to quiet or even secret. Some people find solace among their fellow students.

“My campus sanctuary is the bar stools, next to Panda Express, that kind of face the wall, and I discovered that because I would go to Panda every day, like first, second year, and that’s where I’d sit,” said fourth-year computer science major Chris Thomas. “And then nowadays I just like it because it’s super loud, and it like drowns it out. It’s kind of peaceful, even though it’s super loud, but when you’re in a crowd like that, it feels kind of relaxing.”

These barstools are a popular seating area in the Campus Marketplace between Carl’s Junior and Panda Express.

This area is particularly crowded, especially during university hours.

Other places like this include the game room in the Bronco Student Center and the couches in the library.

Some students find their sanctuary in the lesser-known classrooms or labs of the school, places often forgotten or unknown by much of the student body.

The university is so large that students often forget about certain, less popular spots on campus that may be right under your nose.

“I go to the cave, which my friend told me about. I go there to do my homework when the library is full,” said fifth-year aerospace engineering major Vernice Botello.

The cave, located underneath the marketplace and across from the cultural centers is a computer lab not known by many students.

Tucked away down a hallway, this is a lab only frequented by those who know about it.

Other spots like this include the study rooms by Ursa Major in the BSC and the study rooms in the upper floors of the library.

Other students often go to places that are not known by other students because they are perhaps specific to majors or tailored for certain majors.

“I like to go in the wind tunnel in Building 13,” said fourth-year aerospace engineering major Adam Charron. “I discovered it in one of my early years because I had a class in there, and now whenever I go in there, there’s a bunch of students from my major — friends —and we can all help each other out on whatever we’re working on.”

The Wind Tunnel Complex, located in Building 13 (the art building) is used by the aerospace program to conduct experiments and tests.

This complex includes the subatomic wind tunnel and the supersonic blowdown wind tunnel which look like large metal pipes.

Housed in a large room, this facility is a popular spot among aerospace engineering majors.

Some students choose their sanctuary for the resources or the atmosphere, others choose theirs for the company and the camaraderie.

Other places like this on campus include The Poly Post room on the second floors of Building 1 and the green room in the drama department (Building 25).

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