Upland, Indiana. A beautiful town, but you may have to look a little deeper than the surface to find what hidden gems bring joy to the students of Taylor University.
One fun activity that seems to be a hit around campus is “tolf.” The objective of the game is the same as golf “but with a tennis ball, and you hit objects around campus,” sophomore Michael Bade said.
Students are often seen walking around campus and sophomore Mary Sargent often goes on “a little trip around the loop.” This takes the perfect amount of time to connect with friends and spend some quality time out of buildings, and during this season, the campus looks beautiful.
“Sometimes we set up a laptop and have a Just Dance party on our wing,” Sargent also stated.
Just Dance is a great way to get everyone together and bring back those old memories from our childhood.
Some other fun outdoor activities include rollerblading, longboarding, spike ball and volleyball.
Midnight McDonald’s runs are practically a routine according to junior Evan Anderson. Time spent together is essentially all that matters, and nuggets and fries are always a safe bet. While queuing up songs to vibe to with friends, jamming in the car on the ride there is always a solid time.
As the temperatures begin to drop, we see the indoors as a more pleasant alternative to the cold windy weather that the outdoors offers us.
But, there is a little bit of a hiccup this season. With the reality of COVID-19 still upon us, it looks like some adjustments must be made to keep up with the social aspect of life as the seasons turn.
Spending time around the fire pits outside of the Student Center is a good way to stay connected but also warm in the freezing temperatures.
A fun thing to do could be playing glow-in-the-dark capture the flag which is a game Freshman Morgan Merriner describes as this:
“There are two teams and there are two flags that are the team’s colors,” Merriner said. “Every player has a glow stick according to their team color and the rest is like normal capture the flag.”
Which seems like a pretty fun way to do capture the flag on campus.
Overall, Taylor continues to offer fun and creative options to combat the COVID-19 virus.