By Toni Idowu
Fall is an epic season to explore North Campus when the leaves are falling off the trees to the ground and changing color from green to yellow, red and brown. When the weather gets cooler and apparel changes from shorts, tank tops, sandals and flip flops to hoodies, leather jackets, leather boots and jeans, students can enjoy being outdoors more than ever.
The Arch, Herty Fountain and the Chapel Bell are three of the most significant and symbolic parts of North Campus. The Arch represents a completion from this prestigious university, and there are also traditional superstitions that any student who walks under the Arch will not graduate. Because of this, most students often walk around the Arch whether it is because they genuinely believe the rumor or whether it is just as an act of adherence to school custom. The Herty Fountain is definitely a must see especially if you are a freshman or transfer student. It’s the perfect place to chill on a Friday night before or after going downtown with your friends/roommates. The Chapel Bell is usually rang by students in a demonstration of celebration which could be to finalize the end of a long week and commence the weekend or rejoice after passing a test. Also, there are other people who just ring the bell for the sake of it because it is so much fun after all.
Students at the University of Georgia have nothing but good things to say about North Campus. Tifara Brown, a junior management information systems major says, “The fountain is my favorite place to be on North Campus. My friends and I will sometimes take these midnight trips through North Campus after a test or before we all get really stressed out, so I have some good memories walking through North Campus. I mean it’s beautiful - it’s the most beautiful part about campus to me. Another thing I love about it is just seeing how many activities go on there, whether it’s a tour or whether people are just working outside. I’ve seen families sit out on Herty Field, and it’s just a really nice place to be. When most people talk about the most beautiful part about UGA, they usually refer to North Campus because that’s kind of where it all started.”
Michelle Freeman, a senior international affairs and Spanish major from Puerto Rico says, “I love North Campus because it’s so much fun for me to just sit and do homework, read a book or read the bible. It’s really nice to be out in nature in the middle of campus when you can get so caught up in school and tests and stress and all these things going on at once, so being able to have North Campus is just wonderful. It does not look like a typical college campus with all the old buildings and knowing that there’s so much history there. Enjoy the nature that is on campus and don’t get stressed!”
Victoria Davidson, a sophomore biology major says, “Well, I know to me it’s unique from every part of campus because of the older buildings, the scenery, and I feel like it’s a conducive environment. When I am having like a rough week, and I don’t want to study inside a room, it’s a good outside atmosphere to study in. While it’s a good place for learning and studying, it’s also a good place to just get away from all that and socialize with your friends and just have that fellowship with everybody. Go to North Campus, ring the bell and jump in the fountain.”
The beauty of North Campus has not been exaggerated, but there is more to it than meets the eye. From the beautiful scenery to the traditional symbols, such as the Chapel Bell, Herty Fountain and the Arch, to the historical buildings, such as the Main Library, the Law School, the Chapel, New College and Old College. Indeed, there is something here for everyone to appreciate!