A faux–losipher's guide to campus
Whether you're living, working or studying on the campus, a great deal of your existential efforts are spent on the University of Warwick's terrain. Taking time out to unwind and refresh from the pressures of work and academia; is an important exercise. It is just as lucky then, that the campus is awash with opportune settings and landscapes to aid one's mindful moments.
Where to go
From lakeside walkways, to woodland footpaths, cultural artworks and picnic-perfect fields, every crevice and landscape on campus has some beauty on offer.
Having spent several years on campus, I have found that my most peaceful moments were spent walking along the paths of lakeside. It's difficult to imagine that you're in a university when you're here, due to the leisurely atmosphere and natural views. You'll encounter cyclists, joggers and dog walkers; yet notepads, laptops and briefcases seem to be out of site. This is my recommendation for complete escapism.
Buildings everywhere across campus also offer their own individual havens. In my current building; you'll find amongst the academic hallways, an unexpected sanctuary; brimming with foliage, ponds and wildlife. Transient visitors here range from moorhens, geese, ducks and their adorable offspring. My lunches have been spent relaxing and philosophising on the benches here, through both English frosty winters and through erm... English frosty erm... summers. Come and try it yourself, have a seat and take in the breeze and ponder metaphysics.
If you're spiritually motivated or hold religious beliefs; the chaplaincy is of course a perfect place to visit and channel these values.
What to do
You can use the space to think, worship or just be present. Alternatively you can join societal groups of similar religious denominations or take part in theological discussions during its opening hours from 08:00-22:30. Similarly the university has several philosophy societies and clubs that you can get involved with in connection with the Student's Union.
Even if you don't fancy reinvigorating your bodily electrolytes through barefooted, sun salutations by the lakes, finding some space or time to dedicate to yourself, even for just a few moments, will really help you to unwind. Revitalise your hippocampus on campus.
To summarise guys, don't be Confucius, Tzu should have a Gandhi around campus because you Kant put a price on happiness.