As a sophomore student at the University of Oklahoma, I have learned that attending class and constantly studying can be extremely dreadful, yet absolutely necessary. However, it doesn't have to be. I have learned through my experiences thus far in college that the atmosphere you surround yourself with while studying can improve or decline your ability, and optimism, to learn. This is why the Gaylord balcony is my favorite place on campus; it gives me the ability to refresh my brain and truly enjoy the joy that is college life.
You can find access to the Gaylord College balcony on the third floor.
Sunlight has the ability to boost your levels of serotonin, and can help your mood. During any semester, spending excessive time indoors can get repetitive. This constant atmosphere can make learning feel unenjoyable. During school hardships, I find it important for me to see the outdoors numerous times throughout the week for a breath of fresh air... Literally. Whether I am reading, writing, or just hanging out in between classes, I have found that the Gaylord College third floor balcony can help me feel more awake, alert and happy.
Although I am an extremely extroverted person, sometimes I need space from others in order to relieve stress and relax. It's true... Extroverts sometimes need time alone. While there are often other people on the Gaylord balcony, it seems there's an unwritten rule of peace and quiet. I've found that Gaylord students are naturally respectful (maybe I'm biased), and this has proven true each time I have visited the balcony. College can be overwhelming, and sometimes helping yourself through tough times just takes a change of scenery and some quiet time alone. The Gaylord balcony is the perfect place for all of the above.
Whether strictly working on homework or admiring the views, the Gaylord College balcony has opportunities for both. If you want to take a look around, you can see a good amount of the OU campus from the balcony: the newly renovated football field, Gaylord students, the dorms and Lindsey Street to name a few. Yet, if you're looking to buckle down, the balcony has outlets and even lights for when the sun goes down. It provides the perfect balance of serenity and focus.
As you can see, there are benefits to finding your "happy place" on campus. The University of Oklahoma is full of amazing places to relax and recoup, but my favorite it the balcony on the third floor of Gaylord College. Check it out!