Spring has arrived here on the Elmhurst College campus! The weather has been pretty erratic, but it’s finally starting to feel like spring. For a while I started to hear the joke that Chicago/the Chicago area is called the Four Seasons, because we experience all four seasons in one day. A couple weeks ago, there was snow, sunshine, and crazy wind, sometimes all in the same day.
I’m grateful it’s spring, because of how beautiful the campus gets when everything starts to bloom. Elmhurst College is a registered arboretum, which means that we have a huge variety of trees, bushes, flowers, and other plants that flourish on our campus. According to the Elmhurst College website, we have our 800 different trees and shrubs. Seeing everything flower and the grass on the mall become lush and green is such a welcome and relieving change to the barrenness that the initial melting of snow brings.
My favorite is walking to Schaible Hall. I’m not sure what kind of trees border the walkway, I want to say magnolia, but they are gorgeous once they bloom. It makes my journey to class so much more enjoyable. It’s kind of amazing how much more alive campus feels and how everyone’s mood changes once the weather gets warmer and the flora thrives once more. People lay out on the mall on blankets to do homework or just hang out with friends and enjoy the weather. And it’s great to see more members of the community taking strolls across campus, especially when they have their dogs with them, which some of the students, including myself, love to approach and ask to pet.
I feel lucky to go to school on such a gorgeous campus. It may sound cheesy, but it really lifts my spirits to see how alive campus becomes during those first warm days of spring.