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  • Places To Be, Things To Do

    by Kelleen Cullison | Nov 21, 2016
    My roommate and I have been going a little stir crazy. Now that the shock of being at college has worn off, our routines are beginning to feel like less of a safety blanket, and more of a boring hindrance. Outside of clubs and work, I&rsquo;m pretty content finishing my homework and chilling with Netflix for the rest of the day, but my roommate isn&rsquo;t a fan of TV, or of sitting still in general. So to keep her happy, we&rsquo;ve been trying new things and going to new places as often as I can manage. We thought it would be a challenge finding any place for a college student in a town as small as North Manchester, but with a bit of creativity, we&rsquo;ve found a few spots. <p ><strong>The River</strong><br /> The Eel River runs along the east side of campus, behind the sports fields. There are a few trails that run along the side, and a bunch of rocks along the edge of the water that are perfect for clich&eacute; Instagram photos. It&rsquo;s a very quiet, private place if you want to escape your roommate, think, read, or just enjoy being outside (and not studying) for once.</p> <p><strong>KenapocoMocha</strong><br /> The cafe&rsquo;s name is a twist on the native name for the river. Just off of Main Street on North Market Street, the coffee shop is in a cute brick house. It&rsquo;s pretty popular among college students, especially Mondays when they are open later than usual. They&rsquo;ve got decent coffee and usually offer vegetarian meals. Most importantly is the cool atmosphere. It&rsquo;s a nice place to take your homework and chill for a few hours without feeling like you&rsquo;re being rushed out.</p> <p><strong>The Observatory</strong><br /> The Morris Observatory lies just north of the baseball field, and in front of the environmental cabin. It&rsquo;s a small building nestled in a clearing, almost obscured by the trees from the parking lot. The evening opening times vary month to month, but are usually listed on the scrolling screens in every building. Like I said, it&rsquo;s a little small, but a new thing is a new thing, right?</p> <p>If you get bored and antsy like my roomie, make sure to check what&rsquo;s going on on campus that week. Just this week, we&rsquo;ve been to two basketball games, a play, and the International Fashion Show. There&rsquo;s always something to do if you&rsquo;re open to new experiences. And if all else fails, go exploring!<br /> <br /> <img src="/images/default-source/social-media-and-official-blogs/kelleencullison.jpg?sfvrsn=6672b362_0" data-displaymode="Original" alt="KelleenCullison" title="KelleenCullison" /><br /> <em>Kelleen Cullison &rsquo;20 is pursuing an English major and minors in Journalism and Peace Studies. She hopes to work as an editor for a publishing company, and hopes to help current and prospective Manchester students avoid the mistakes she is currently making.</em></p>