What makes you happy in college?
We reached out to college students across the country asking this very question, and here's what we got in response:
Late-Night Jam Sessions
Sometimes after a night out (or in), my friends and I will come together in our living room and have impromptu sing-alongs, busting out the guitars and ukuleles in our house and singing songs at the top of our lungs. Our neighbors may not appreciate it as much as we do, but there’s something about live tunes at ungodly hours that puts us all to bed with smiles on our faces.
-Sarah Lindstedt, University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2015
Freedom To Explore
-Skylar Dixon, Georgia Southern University, Class of 2015
-Julia Musto, New York University, Class of 2015
A 'Fun' Class
-Jessica Kane, Northwestern University, Class of 2013
Happiness to me is these cookies.
Joy of Cooking Peanut Butter Cookies:
Preheat oven to 375
Beat until soft – ½ c shortening or butter
Add ½ c packed brown sugar and ½ c granulated sugar
Beat in 1 egg; 1 c peanut butter; ½ t salt; ½ t baking soda; ½ t vanilla
Add 1 to 1 ½ c flour
Roll dough into small balls Bake 10 to 12 min.
-Kendall Ciesemier, Georgetown University, Class of 2015
Pretty trees on ugly streets; a fraternity in the Christmas Spirit; flowers in the midst of textbooks; dorm room decor; midnight cheesesteak outings; the ice cream man during finals.
Photos taken by Whitney Mash:
-Whitney Mash, University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2014
Spirit Of Positivity
I consider myself really lucky to be involved in orientation programming for new students at my school. We spend eight days welcoming new students from all 50 states and tons of countries around the world, and they're the best eight days of the year. All 220 orientation leaders volunteer out of a genuine love for all 2,200 freshmen and transfer students, the university and helping other people. There is a spirt of wonderful positivity in the air when everyone is coming together to welcome the next batch of incredible new students to campus. We have the opportunity to make a positive change for the next people to care for our community, and we definitely leave things better than we found them. It makes me happy to be reminded of how much good my university can do for our students, and I'm constantly inspired by the students and staff that I work with.
-Jon Feldman, Northwestern University, Class of 2015
-Eliza Sankar-Gorton, Wesleyan University, Class of 2015
-Hannah Krueger, Southern Utah University, Class of 2017
-Andy C. NG, New York University, Class of 2015